Canada makes “significant pledges” at COP15, announces Indigenous guardians network, but needs provincial buy-in to protect biodiversity

Canada commits to protecting 30 percent of its land and water by 2030

Why It Matters

One in five wild species in Canada is at risk of extinction. A strong, global commitment is needed to prevent the destruction of the world’s remaining biodiversity.

People dressed as bees and butterflies protest the presence of chemical companies at COP15. (Photo courtesy of the David Suzuki Foundation)

Big promises have been made at COP15, now Canadian climate and conservation organizations are watching to see if the Canadian Government follows through on its pledges.

The 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, better known as COP15, brought governments, businesses, conservationists and others to Montreal for two weeks in the hope of creating a new global biodiversity framework.

“The fight to protect nature has never been more important than it is right now,” said Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. “With a million species at risk of extinction around the world, COP15 is a generational opportunity to work together to halt and reve

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