Environment Standing Committee Releases Its Report
March 24, 2017
OTTAWA: As Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development (ENVI), MP Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to advise that the Committee has released its unanimous report entitled: “Taking Action Today: Establishing Protected Areas for Canada’s Future.” The report centers on an international commitment Canada made in 2010 – known as “Aichi Target 11” – under the Convention on Biological Diversity to protect 17% of terrestrial and inland water, and 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020.
The report is calling on the federal government to lead an effort to rapidly establish more terrestrial and marine protected areas to safeguard biodiversity and Canada’s natural heritage.
The Committee made 36 recommendations to the federal government, including to lead the coordination and planning of a national network of protected areas; accelerate, coordinate and fund the establishment of these areas; and partner with Indigenous peoples in the process.
Chaired by Deb Schulte, M.P., during the study the Committee was comprised of: Liberals John Aldag, William Amos, Mike Bossio, Darren Fisher and Mark Gerretsen; Conservatives Jim Eglinski, Ed Fast, Joël Godin, and Martin Shields; and from the New Democratic Party, Wayne Stetski.
“The conservation and protection of our land benefits all Canadians now and in the future. I am also pleased that our committee worked so well together on this report,” concluded MP Eglinski.
A copy of the report can be found at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/Committee/421/ENVI/Reports/RP8847135/421_ENVI_Rpt05_PDF/421_ENVI_Rpt05-e.pdf.