SOURCE: Nature Conservancy of Canada

Nature Conservancy of Canada

March 23, 2016 17:15 ET

A Commitment to the Environment; Nature Conservancy of Canada Comments on 2016-17 Federal Budget

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - March 23, 2016) -  The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is pleased to see that Federal Budget 2016 contains key commitments on the environment to fight climate change, protect ecosystems, and enhance work and training opportunities for youth in the green sector.

NCC agrees with the federal government that protecting our environment while growing our economy and supporting sustainable communities are not incompatible goals.

Budget 2016 underscores the importance of our natural heritage.

Funding outlined in the budget will help Canada meet one of its commitments under the International Convention on Biological Diversity -- to conserve 10 percent of our marine and coastal areas by 2020. NCC looks forward to working with the government to help achieve that target.

NCC also looks forward to helping Canada meet and exceed its further international commitment to conserve 17 percent of our terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems by 2020. To date, about 10 percent of Canada's land is protected. Private land conservation and public-private partnerships, such as the Natural Areas Conservation Program can make a meaningful contribution towards closing that gap.

"Conservation of our natural ecosystems, our lands and waters, is integral to any effective Canadian strategy to slow climate change and to mitigate its effects," said John Lounds, President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. "In addition to their importance for nature, plants and wildlife, healthy ecosystems support resilient communities."

NCC is also encouraged to see Budget 2016 provides additional work and learning opportunities for youth in the environmental sector. 

A renewed Youth Employment Strategy and a promise to create new green jobs for youth are opportunities to bridge the gap between the classroom and the field. Real world experience, skills development in the sciences, and mentorship from environmental leaders will help young workers build the knowledge base they need to succeed. With an established Conservation Internship program already in place, NCC is ready to contribute and to help advance the environmental leaders of the future.

About: The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading private land conservation organization. NCC is a partner with Environment and Climate Change Canada in the Natural Areas Conservation Program. This matching funds program, administered by NCC, has helped to conserve more than 400,000 hectares to date. www.natureconservancy.ca

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