Federal Budget Makes New Commitments to Protect Ecosystems and Reduce Emissions
The following is a statement from Amanda Reed, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Nature United:
“Today, the Government of Canada presented Budget 2021, which made several new commitments to combatting the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. Nature United welcomes the new commitment of nearly $3.3 billion for the protection of oceans, lands and freshwater to help Canada achieve its target of protecting 25% of Canada’s ecosystems by 2025. This funding will support Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and Indigenous Guardians to steward lands and waters. Across Canada, protected areas play a vital role in conserving natural places and the species that live in them, as well as supporting healthy communities.
Nature United is also pleased to see the Government’s increased ambition to tackle the climate crisis. This budget sets out a plan to help achieve greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions reductions of 36% from 2005 levels by 2030, on the way to net-zero emissions by 2050. Building on its $3.9-billion commitment in 2020 to Natural Climate Solutions, the Government is adding an additional $200 million for farmers and ranchers to accelerate emission reductions, “by improving nitrogen management, increasing adoption of cover cropping, and normalizing rotational grazing,” in addition to further investments in science and research.
Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and transitioning to a nature-positive economy will take action by governments, industry, and all Canadians. The Government is investing in this transition with an additional $5 billion for a Net-Zero Accelerator Fund for industry and issuing its inaugural green bond with a $5-billion target for climate and conservation actions.
Nature United is pleased to see the continued momentum from Canadian governments, politicians and the private sector to achieve net-zero emissions and 25% protected areas by 2025. This budget reflects the contributions of the Green Budget Coalition, of which Nature United is proud to be a member. Now, there’s much work to do to translate these commitments into action on the ground, partnering with provinces, territories and Indigenous governments. We look forward to working with these partners to achieve these ambitions for people and nature."
Nature United was founded as a Canadian charity in 2014, building on decades of conservation in Canada. Headquartered in Toronto, the organization has field staff located across the country. Nature United supports Indigenous leadership, sustainable economic development, and large-scale conservation, primarily in the Great Bear Rainforest, Clayoquot Sound, the Northwest Territories, and northern Manitoba.
We are the Canadian affiliate of The Nature Conservancy (nature.org), the world’s largest conservation organization, with more than 3,600 staff worldwide, 400 scientists and 1 million supporters. TNC tackles leading conservation threats at the greatest scale to help people and nature thrive, and is working to make a lasting difference around the world in more than 70 countries.