Government of Canada invests in local conservation projects to protect species at risk and their habitat
Posted on: November 9, 2018 8:53 am
November 9, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario
The Government of Canada is committed to protecting Canada’s wildlife and biodiversity and supporting individuals and communities who are dedicated to helping recover Canada’s species at risk and protecting their important habitat. Canada’s goal to conserve at least 17 per cent of its land and fresh water by 2020 is one that requires action and support from all levels of government, Indigenous Peoples, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and individual Canadians.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced more than $9 million over three years to support 93 conservation projects. The Habitat Stewardship Program will fund 49 projects and the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk will fund 44 projects. These projects will protect species at risk and help restore their habitats across Canada, work with volunteer scientists and stewards, and engage Indigenous Peoples.
One Habitat Stewardship Program project being funded by today’s announcement protects species at risk on farms in the Yukon. Led by the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, this project will protect the little brown bat, the olive-sided flycatcher, and the rusty blackbird, among other species, by developing management practices that support the recovery of these species.
Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk projects involve Indigenous Peoples and communities in the important work of implementing the Species at Risk Act. Indigenous communities in North Central Saskatchewan will receive funding support to document traditional and local knowledge of caribou through the Prince Albert Model Forest Association. The data provided will help with caribou range planning and woodland caribou stewardship and will complement the federal Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou.
The Habitat Stewardship Program and the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk are annual application-based conservation programs, which direct funds to individuals and communities that want to protect our environment and work on recovering Canada’s land-based species at risk. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for funding aquatic Habitat Stewardship Program and Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk projects. The call for proposals for Habitat Stewardship Program and Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk projects for 2019–20 will be launched shortly.