Canada is funding a new project to protect at-risk species and their habitats in southwestern British Columbia

DELTA, BC, the November 9, 2022 /CNW/ – Canada’s wildlife and their habitats are in crisis. The future of all living things depends on the actions taken today. Efforts to protect biodiversity and the habitat of species at risk are critical to the health of the planet and a priority for the Government of Canada.

Today is glorious Carla QualtroughThe Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion announced on behalf of the Hon Steven GuilbeaultMinister of Environment and Climate Change awards $260,000 over four years to Delta Agriculture and Wildlife Trust for work to protect grassland habitats on farmland DeltaBritish Columbia.

Only 5% left. 100 native prairies in the lower Fraser Delta. The Delta Agricultural and Wildlife Trust works with farmers to temporarily stop production in fields, replant them with native grasses, and protect these plantations as intact grazing areas for species at risk and species of special concern. This work targets four species, namely the Great Blue Kingfisher, the Tawny Owl, the Barn Owl and the Short-eared Owl.

This is just one of the measures the Canadian government is taking to protect nature as it prepares to welcome the world to Montreal for the 15th year in December 2022.e Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. The COP15 It’s an opportunity for Canada to show leadership by taking action to protect nature and halt the loss of biodiversity around the world.


“The Delta is home to a diverse wildlife and wildlife landscape. It is important to preserve it and pass it on to future generations. For more than 25 years, the Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust has worked hard to preserve the beauty of the lands around the Fraser River. Today, we invest in these efforts to protect and restore the habitats in which at-risk species survive and help ecosystems thrive. »
– Dear Carla QualtroughMinister for Employment, Workforce Development and Disability

“Efforts to conserve and restore nature in communities across Canada are critical as we grapple with two interconnected crises: rapid biodiversity loss and climate change. Supporting projects like this in southwestern British Columbia is an extremely important part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to protect nature. »
– Dear Steven GuilbeaultMinister of Environment and Climate Change

“Long-term partnerships play a key role in the implementation of successful on-farm programs. This funding will create hundreds of acres of wildlife habitat Delta, an otherwise non-existent habitat. These projects highlight the important role agricultural landscapes play in supporting species at risk. »
Christine SchmaltzDelta Farmland and Wildlife Trust, Managing Director

Fast Facts

  • Southwestern British Columbia is one of 11 priority locations identified in the Pan-Canadian Approach to Species at Risk.
  • A priority site is an area that has high biodiversity value and is considered a distinctive place with a common environmental theme by the people who live and work there.
  • Priority sites cover approximately 30 million hectares, including 2 million hectares of critical habitat for species at risk. They are home to more than 300 species at risk and more than half the range of many of them.
  • Priority locations are identified and implemented in partnership with state and territory governments.
  • Canada and British Columbia have committed to negotiating a nature accord that includes cost-effective multispecies recovery measures, protecting iconic species at risk such as the spotted owl and boreal caribou, and supporting indigenous leadership in conservation.

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SOURCE: Environment and Climate Change Canada

For more information: Contact Kaitlin Power, Press Secretary, Office of the Secretary of Environment and Climate Change, 819-230-1557, [email protected]; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free), [email protected]

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