Greenpeace: Commissioner on Environment is right, stronger federal leadership needed for species at risk

Press release - April 24, 2018
24 April 2018 (Montreal) - In response to the audits highlighted today in the 2018 Spring Report by Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Shane Moffatt, Head of the Forest Campaign at Greenpeace Canada says:

“The Commissioner is absolutely right when she says we need stronger federal leadership to protect species at risk. The continued expansion of industrial activity in critical caribou habitat is a disregard of our legal and moral obligations to protect biodiversity. At a time when species are in decline around the world, it's time for Canada's federal government to do its part and implement the Species at Risk Act.”

Delivering greater protections for woodland caribou will help Canada meet its domestic obligations under the Species at Risk Act. The protection of an umbrella species such as caribou ensures the protection of many other lifeforms which make up the Boreal forest. Protecting its habitat can also help Canada meet international commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity to protect 17 percent of its lands and inland waters by 2020. Taking these steps in partnership with Indigenous Peoples furthermore offers Canada an important opportunity to respect its obligations under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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For more info:

Link to the report: 2018 Spring Reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development  
Marie Moucarry, Communications officer, Greenpeace Canada, 438-993-6127,