Trees Toppers Nature View Recover Species at Risk with Federal Efforts

Recover Species at Risk with Federal Efforts

Federal efforts to restore species remain insufficient while the pressure on wildlife and habitats continues to worsen, the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development said in his spring 2023 reports.

The number of listed species has only increased over the year and is expected to continue to increase. According to the Commissioner, key documents such as recovery strategies and action plans necessary to restore species are either non-existent or delayed, which has implications for the government’s ability to asess and monitor progress towards achieving its biodiversity targets for 2030.

In addition, the Commissioner’s reports point out that Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is not taking effective measures to protect urgently browened species. The ECCC does not have comprehensive guidelines and directives to advise the Minister on the application of emergency order and safety net provisions. Instead, the ECCC has adopted a reactive approach that responds mainly to external pressures (from groups such as Nature Canada), with the result that only three emergency order have been issued for more than 20 year and that no safety net has been ordered to protect seriously species and their habitat.

The Commissioner noted that Canada had taken important initial steps by concluding conservation agreements for boreal and Southern caribou

The Commissioner’s main recommendations are that the government:

  • Adopt inter-species and ecosystem-based restoration approaches to simultaneously protect many species in browened ecosystems such as grasslands or Carolinian forests;
  • Set the deadlines and resources necessary to reduce the backlog of recovery strategies and action plans necessary to restore species; and
  • Take a proactive approach and complete the guidelines and guidelines for timely advice on the use of the safety net and emergency regulatory provisions and other reports.

Overall, this is not a great success for a federal government that has committed to stopping and reversing biodiversity loss by 2030 and which has been recognized worldwide by the main countries for having signed the Kunming-Montreal global biodiversity framework in December.

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