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Conservation on the Hill: CPAWS Lobby Day 2016

  • Published on Nov 29 2016 |
  • by Stacy Corneau |
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On Thursday, November 17, CPAWS’ staff and board members participated in its annual Lobby Day on Parliament Hill. With a total of 65 lobbyists and 75 meetings with government officials from all parties, staff and board members from across the nation spoke with MPs and Senators about the importance of marine and terrestrial conservation.

A main topic of discussion centered around ensuring the Government of Canada achieves its commitment to protecting 10 per cent of oceans and 17 per cent of land by 2020, as a first step in protecting at least half of Canada. With staff from coast to coast to coast participating in these meetings, many CPAWS issues were represented, including:

• how we can protect the Boreal woodland caribou in meaningful ways;
• establishing networks of marine protected areas covering at least 10 per cent of our oceans by 2020;
• establishing connected networks of terrestrial protected areas covering at least 17 per cent of our land by 2020;
• and the continued protection of our national parks, such as the Rocky Mountain Parks and Rouge National Urban Park.

Overall, it was a successful day, with many meaningful conversations with key decision-makers. We look forward to continuing to work with the Government of Canada to help protect Canada’s land and water.



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