Greenpeace: BC’s caribou funding to restore habitat is wholly inadequate to solve the crisis

Press release - April 17, 2018
17 April 2018 (Vancouver, British Columbia) - In response to the news that the BC government has granted $2 million to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to create a Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund, Eduardo Sousa, Senior Forest Campaigner at Greenpeace Canada said:

17 April 2018 (Vancouver, British Columbia) - In response to the news that the BC government has granted $2 million to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation to create a Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund, Eduardo Sousa, Senior Forest Campaigner at Greenpeace Canada said:

“While we acknowledge that the BC Government’s efforts at providing funds for the restoration of caribou habitat are critically important, conservation of existing habitat should never take a backseat. We have just heard the heartbreaking news that BC has lost all but three of the South Selkirk mountain caribou herd and it’s only through conservation that we can prevent further tragic cases like this. Given the crisis of declining numbers, this funding is really a drop in the bucket for the caribou. The measures needed to restore this rapidly fading species are extensive and considerably more funding is required - not just provincially but federally. It’s long past time our governments resolved this national caribou crisis. We need serious action now.”

It has been 15 years that woodland caribou has been on the Species at Risk list. Last year, the BC government failed to meet the five year deadline for delivering a boreal caribou (a subspecies of the woodland caribou) conservation plan under the federal Species at Risk Act. Delivering greater protections for caribou will also help Canada meet its international commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity to protect 17 percent of its lands and inland waters by 2020. Taking these steps in equal partnership with Indigenous governments also offers Canada an important opportunity to respect its obligations under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Greenpeace has launched a petition urging provincial governments to take their commitments seriously to protect the woodland caribou.

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For more info:

Marie Moucarry, Communications Officer, Greenpeace Canada, 438-993-6127,