Report: British Columbia to spent 50% of it's land for forest conservation
Nature, Carbon and Climate Change in British Columbia
January 28th, 2010
New report and accompanying letter signed by top international scientists and environmental thinkers urges government to integrate nature conservation into provincial climate action strategy.
"Our survival is intertwined with nature's survival, and climate change is forcing us to re-evaluate the way we protect nature," said
The 50% figure emphasizes expansion and connection of existing protected areas plus development of new buffer zones and restoration areas, allowing sustainable resource development while providing refuge for species and ecosystems across a changing landscape. Additionally, because forestry economics are changing dramatically, BC should look to opportunities opening for conservation as a means of re-inventing the industry of the future.
There are precedents for large-scale conservation in
Accompanied by a letter signed by several of the world's top environmental thinkers, including
"There's a small price for being too early, but a huge penalty for being too late when it comes to fighting climate change," said
The report and media backgrounder, as well as a list of letter endorsers is available for download at:
For further information: Dr. Faisal Moola, Science Director, David Suzuki Foundation, (647) 993-5788; Dr. Jim Pojar, Report author and senior ecologist, (250) 847-9429