Canada and nearly 200 other countries around the world now have eight years to set aside almost one-third of their land and marine territories for conservation under a landmark new biodiversity deal reached in Montreal on Monday, December 19, 2022.
Indigenous rights and territories were recognized in the agreement, but because protection areas will be under the purview of the state, there are worries that land grabs may happen under the guise of conservation.
For Canada, there's no path to us protecting at least 30 per cent of our lands and waters without the involvement of Indigenous peoples, Guilbeault said in an interview with Canada’s National Observer.
Negotiators reached a historic deal at a U.N. biodiversity conference early Monday that would represent the most significant effort to protect the world’s lands and oceans and provide critical financing to save biodiversity in the developing world.
China is tapping Canada to help overcome the toughest negotiation hurdles at the United Nations’ COP15 biodiversity conference in Montreal in a diplomatic move that signals growing trust between the two countries.
Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU environment commissioner and Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault remain optimistic the United Nations biodiversity conference in Montreal will result in an ambitious plan to protect nature, but developing countries appear unwilling to move forward without financing commitments from wealthy countries.