December 15, 2022, Whitehorse, Yukon – The Yukon Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS Yukon) is encouraged by today’s joint announcement by the Government of Canada and Government of Yukon in the Canada-Yukon Nature Agreement. We called on the Government of Yukon to step up on protecting and conserving wild spaces and species, and their commitment to protecting 25% by 2025 is a step towards achieving that.
In 2021, Canada’s federal government confirmed its commitment to protecting 30% of its land and ocean by 2030 — necessary action towards addressing biodiversity loss and climate change. Although the Canada-Yukon Agreement is a critical first step, CPAWS Yukon is hopeful that the Government of Yukon will follow the agreement by implementing clear policies that support 30% protection by 2030 and supporting Indigenous-led conservation.
The news follows the release of CPAWS Yukon polling that says the majority of Yukoners support the government setting a big and important nature conservation goal, like protecting and conserving 30% of land and water in the Yukon by 2030. Nearly three quarters of Yukoners (73%) think the Government of Yukon should commit to protecting at least 30% of the territory.
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CPAWS Yukon Communications Manager
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