12% protection not enough for Canada’s Boreal Forest
This week the Canadian Press reported on progress that’s been made regarding protection in Canada’s Boreal Forest. Citing the Canadian Boreal Initiative, Bob Weber reports that: “the amount of boreal forest under some form of government protection has doubled since 2007 to about 12 per cent of the total area…” While a 50% increase may seem significant, unfortunately 12% protection falls far below what science recommends to protect ecosystems.
Currently scientists, including the scientists of the International Boreal Conservation Science Panel, recommend that at least 50% of the Boreal Forest be protected in order to protect ecosystem services, species at risk, and the livelihoods of forest dependent communities. At 1.3 billion acres, Canada’s Boreal Forest is one of the largest remaining intact forests on Earth, and is the largest terrestrial carbon sink. It also provides a home to threatened species such as woodland caribou, grizzly bears and wolverine. Hundreds of First Nation communities rely on the Boreal Forest for fish and wildlife.
Read the full story here.