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. It is a partnership with Ducks Unlimited.
The campaign is dedicated to public education and advocacy to protect all the world’s boreal forests, but with a special emphasis on the Canadian boreal, where we have the best chance to make major conservation gains.
The campaign works closely with Canadian and international environmental organizations, corporations and aboriginal First Nations to build support for the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, a visionary plan to protect and sustain this globally vital ecosystem over time, with a minimum 50 percent included in new parks and wildlife preserves. The Boreal Framework is supported by 1,500 scientists from around the world, as well as scores of businesses, aboriginal groups and conservation organizations.
In May 2010, with more than one-third of the forest still at risk from existing logging contracts, Pew and its Canadian partners forged an agreement with forest products companies designed to protect 170 million acres – an area the size of Texas. The partners are at work carrying out this historic accord.
The campaign has a long but promising road ahead. Pew and its partners strive to secure conservation commitments from governments, businesses and other parties covering the remainder of the Canadian Boreal Forest, protecting one of the world’s last great wild places for all time.