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From: Natural Resources Canada
December 12, 2022
At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) taking place in Montreal, Canada is convening partners around the world to call for greater collaboration toward addressing the dual crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. Conserving nature and halting rapid biodiversity loss is essential to combating climate change and building resilience to its impacts.
Today at COP15, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change (ECCC) and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced that Canada has pledged to join the Bonn Challenge, a global initiative aimed at bringing 350 million hectares (Mha) of degraded and deforested landscapes under restoration by 2030.
The Government of Canada is making an initial pledge of approximatively 19 million hectares through federal programs managed by ECCC, Parks Canada, and Natural Resources Canada that support on-the-ground landscape and ecosystem restoration activities, including the 2 Billion Trees program.
Canada is one of a few countries with large, healthy natural ecosystems. Canada’s ecosystems – forests, wetlands, peatlands and prairies to name a few – are an important part of Canadians’ heritage and are key elements of their future prosperity and well-being. The restoration of ecosystems and landscapes is a powerful nature-based solution to address climate change and bring back habitat for wildlife.
Building on the momentum from COP15 and working together with provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners and other stakeholders, the Government of Canada is taking a holistic approach to restore degraded landscapes, protect and conserve nature and biodiversity, and improve human and community well-being effectively and equitably.
“I was pleased to join representatives from the International Union for Conservation of Nature to announce that Canada will be initially designating 19 million hectares of land for ecosystem restoration under the Bonn Challenge. We are working with Indigenous communities, provinces and territories to protect and restore nature, including through our commitment to planting two billion trees. As the world gathers in Montreal for COP15, we look forward to others joining us in the Bonn Challenge to protect nature globally.”
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Natural Resources
“By working together, we can address the alarming decline in biodiversity and fight climate change at the same time. Announcing Canada’s pledge to the Bonn Challenge at COP15 is a critical step to position Canada at the forefront of efforts toward halting and reversing nature loss. We hope other countries will follow Canada’s pledge today and join the global efforts to restore healthy and protected ecosystems.”
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
“As the Secretariat for the Bonn Challenge, IUCN is delighted to welcome this landmark pledge from the Government of Canada. With this pledge, Canada is first out of the gate to demonstrate tangible leadership on restoration goals for the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and joins a cohort of nations that are united in recognizing that restoration of ecosystems can be a driver for improved lives, improved economies and better prospects for the future.”
Head, Bonn Challenge Secretariat
Head, Forest and Grassland Team, Centre for Conservation Action, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
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