Nature Canada Statement: Canada Building Momentum Toward Ocean Protection Targets
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2021 – Unceded Algonquin Territory, Ottawa, ON
Nature Canada’s Director of Policy and Campaigns, Gauri Sreenivasan’s reaction to the federal government’s announcement today on progress toward protecting Canada’s oceans:
“Today’s announcement from Minister Jordan highlights how far Canada has come in scaling up ambition and resolve to protect the oceans for the long term. We applaud this leadership. However, this work cannot slow down as the crises of biodiversity loss and climate change continue to threaten our collective future. The ocean is a powerhouse in the fight against climate change, provides crucial habitat for marine wildlife, and is essential for people’s livelihoods and well-being–but it can only support us if we protect it well, and allow biodiversity and ocean ecosystems to recover to abundance. This effort must place Indigenous-led conservation and a true commitment to reconciliation at its center. The investment in Budget 2021 is an important milestone in the road to protecting 25% of the ocean by 2025, and 30% by 2030, and this momentum must continue for meaningful action on the ground.”
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