Feb. 26, 2018, OTTAWA - The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) expects to be applauding new federal investments to protect Canada's land, inland waters and oceans in tomorrow’s federal budget. Protecting key habitats are critical to the future of Canada’s terrestrial and marine wildlife and maintaining a strong connection to nature among Canadians. CWF experts advise that as we fulfill our protected areas targets we must also turn our attention to the rest of our land and waters. This is where Canada’s economic and environmental future will be determined and where our actions can ensure abundant wildlife and habitat for future generations.
“Meeting the current targets to protect 17 per cent of land and 10 per cent of oceans are critical steps in improving outcomes for wildlife and advancing conservation across all our lands and waters” said David Browne, director of conservation. “CWF pushed for this historic investment in habitat protection and will continue to advocate for wildlife conservation both inside and outside Canada’s protected areas.”
CWF budget analysts include:
Rick Bates, CEO firstname.lastname@example.org
David Browne, Director of Conservation Science email@example.com
Carolyn Callaghan, Senior Conservation Biologist, Terrestrial Wildlife firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Lapointe, Senior Conservation Biologist, Freshwater Ecology email@example.com
Sean Brillant, Senior Conservation Biologist, Marine Programs firstname.lastname@example.org
On top of the investment in protected areas, CWF’s priorities for the federal budget also include:
- Reducing impacts on biodiversity as part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership
- Significantly increasing investments in fish habitat protection and restoration
- Supporting programs that prioritize managing wildlife and protecting habitat as an important mechanism for addressing climate change
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is part of the Green Budget Coalition, a group of 19 leading Canadian environmental and conservation organizations that provided strategic and budgetary recommendations to the federal government.
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, conducting research, taking action to conserve habitat and wildlife, recommending legislative and policy changes, and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. Visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca for more information.
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