Convention on Biological Diversity

Canada Has Three Years to Increase Protected Areas by 60% And, Um, It’s Not Going to Be Easy

Hart River Valley Peel Watershed. Photo by Juri Peepre

In less than three years, Canada has to increase the amount of land and inland waters it protects by 60 per cent to meet a commitment under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

The commitment requires signatories to legally designate 17 per cent as “protected areas.” Those can include national, provincial and territorial parks, as well as Indigenous protected areas, tribal parks and privately protected spaces. But to qualify, the areas must be closed to industrial activity.

It’s not going to be easy.

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