Pew's International Boreal Conservation Campaign is a critical part of efforts to protect globally important ecosystems and to restore old-growth forests and wilderness in North America.
But, the boreal is under growing pressure. Recent studies have shown that globally, boreal forests are being lost faster than any other ecosystem, largely due to logging, mining and oil and gas development.
To date, The Pew Charitable Trusts has played a critical role in securing some form of protection for more than 350 million acres of Canada's boreal forest—an area three times as large as the United States National Park System. In addition, another 350 million acres are to be managed under stringent sustainable development rules.
Bold new conservation measures have come from Ontario and Quebec and other provincial governments, First Nations and federal ministries. Most recently, Pew and its partners engaged the forest products industry in what could become the largest forest conservation plan in history. The trends bode well, promising to eventually make Canada's boreal the most protected forest on earth.
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On a planet beset by environmental challenges—from melting glaciers and disappearing forests to warming oceans and dying coral reefs—Canada this week provided a ray of hope by committing substantial new funds to protect a significant portion of the country’s natural areas. Specifically, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government announced funding to accelerate protections... Read More
Ringed by wild rivers and dense stands of fir and black spruce, the Manouane-Manicouagan region of Quebec has sustained herds of woodland caribou for millennia. Now the Quebec government has taken steps to ensure caribou can flourish there for generations to come, through a proposed complex of protected areas called Caribous-Forestiers-de-Manouane-Manicouagan that would include 2.5 million acres... Read More