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WCS Canada comments on Critical Minerals Strategy to Natural Resources Canada - September 2022
A Critical Minerals (CM) strategy is one important step and welcomed, given the need for Canada to strengthen supply chains to support the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources to address climate commitments. In its present form, however, the draft strategy and accompanying discussion questions are oriented around a relatively narrow and short-term economic growth perspective, rather than one that emphasizes sustainability in the full sense of the word, i.e., including ecological and social dimensions. It also fails to adequately consider the impact on Indigenous communities and the need to respect and support Indigenous sovereignty in impacted regions. Describing critical minerals as a 'generational opportunity', the strategy does not adequately cover impacts on current and future generations if the extraction of critical minerals does not deliberately consider social, environmental, and long-term economic costs.
Updated WCS recommendations on the draft post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
WCS published our initial recommendations on Draft 1 of the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) in August 2021. WCS urges CBD Parties to ensure that the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (GBF), as adopted by Parties at CBD CoP15.2 in December 2022, does the following four things: 1. Establishes a goal of improving ecological integrity by 2030, including by retaining natural, high integrity (or intact) ecosystems. 2. Sets a meaningful and equitable target to protect and conserve at least 30% of land and ocean areas by 2030. 3. Commits Parties to eliminate trade and use of wildlife that presents ecological risks or that endangers human or wildlife health through the potential for pathogen spillover. 4. Incorporate the monitoring framework and glossary to streamline the GBF “package.”
WCS Canada Comments on Yukon's Clean Energy Act January2022
WCS Canada scientists have been working in Yukon since 2004 on land use and protected areas planning, land and water management, wildlife conservation research, and policy applications for conservation science. The Government of Yukon is committed to reducing the Yukon’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with the exception of mining emissions, by 45 per cent by 2030, reaching net-zero emissions across the Yukon’s entire economy by 2050. These are our comments on the proposed Clean Energy Act in Yukon.
Joint Comment - WCS + Oceans North Letter to Canada re: CITES CoP19 Shark Proposal - July 2022
A joint letter to Adam Burns, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada urging Canada to support strong, science-based proposals to include additional shark species on the Appendix II at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The addition of the requiem and hammerhead shark and guitarfish ray family-level listing proposals would, when combined with the Appendix II shark and ray listings adopted at the past three CoPs, help ensure that only legal, sustainable trade in sharks and rays can continue.
WCS Canada Comments on Discussion Paper - Preparing for Climate Change: Canada's National Adaptation Strategy
Thank you for the opportunity to submit our remarks on the Discussion Paper, ‘Preparing for Climate Change: Canada’s National Adaption Strategy’. We do so in our collective capacity as conservation scientists on behalf of Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. Here we offer high-level comments in support of the strong role that can and should be played by the federal government for Canada to adapt to climate change. Our comments focus on the role of the “Thriving Natural Environment” as one of five “systems” across which Canada intends to “advance climate preparedness”. In general, while we were pleased to see a larger role acknowledged in this strategy for the Natural Environment than has been evident in previous versions, this “system” should not be considered or addressed in isolation.

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