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A Natural Climate Solution: Peatlands

In a world that desperately needs climate solutions, we cannot afford to overlook protecting one of the world’s greatest natural tools to fight climate change: the vast carbon-rich peatlands across Canada.

NEWLY RELEASED: A recording of our presentation on the importance of peatlands at the COP-26 Global Peatland Pavilion in Glasglow. 

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This is our decision decade

The next 10 years will be our decision decade for nature and our relationship with the planet. Dan Kraus, Director of National Conservation is excited and inspired by what WCS Canada does and what WCS Canada is going to accomplish in 2022! 

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WCS Canada scientists get their boots muddy studying wildlife and wild places across Canada in hopes of spurring action to address our growing biodiversity crisis.

Canary in a Gold Mine

We follow Chrystal, Dan, Patrice and Warren of the WCS Canada bird research team to the field to see how they've been researching cumulative effects in the Yukon.

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Digging deep on costs and benefits of mining in Yukon

The Yukon Government has embarked on a review of the rules around mining in the territory. WCS Canada weighed in on a comprehensive set of recommendations urging the government to create a framework that better acknowledges the significant ecological impacts of mining.

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Latest Publications

Meet you at the local watering hole? No use of an artificial water resource, and evidence of dehydration in hibernating bats in the prairies
Klüg-Baerwald, B. J. et al. (incl. Lausen, C.L. ). 2021. Acta Chiropterologica 23(2), 405-411
Canada's Endemic Lichens and Allied Fungi
McMullin, R.T and Kraus, D.. 2021. Canada's Endemic Lichens and Allied Fungi. Evansia, 38(4):159-173.
Projecting the compound effects of climate change and white-nose syndrome on North American bat species
McClure, M.L. et al. (incl. Lausen, C.L..) 2021. Climate Change Ecology 3:100047
Emerging issues for protected and conserved areas in Canada
Dietz, S. et al. (incl. Ray, J.C.). 2021. FACETS 6: 1892-1921
The essential carbon service provided by northern peatlands
Harris, L. et al. (incl. Southee, M. and Ray, J.C.). 2021. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

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WCS Canada's newsletters have stories about our scientists in the field, interesting insights about wildlife and important conservation alerts.

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Latest policy comments

WCS Canada Comments_Draft Project List Regulation Under The Environmental Act (ERO 019-4219_20220125)_ January 2022
WCS Canada submits comments to the Environmental Assessment Modernization Project Team of Ontario's Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. We recommend a complete overhaul of the proposed project list regulation in an expert-driven process based on four major concerns: 1) The project list is insufficiently inclusive of those most likely to have significant impacts; 2) There is no evidentiary basis for “thresholds” for inclusion on the project list; 3) The approach perpetuates lack of attention to cumulative effects in the EAA; and 4) There is no clear process that enables Ontarians to request designation of non-listed projects that warrant a Comprehensive EA.
WCS Comments - Updated WCS Recommendations on Draft 1 of the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework - December 2021
WCS published our initial recommendations on Draft 1 of the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) in August 2021. This updated version has been simplified to focus on areas of divergence between Parties during the Open-Ended Working Group on the post-2020 GBF (‘OEWG’).
WCS Canada Comments - Yukon Government Draft Wetland Policy - December 2021
WCS Canada comments on the Yukon Government draft for public review on a policy for the stewardship of Yukon’s wetlands. WCS Canada recommendations focus on the extent to which the draft Policy puts forward a clear and sound strategy for caring for Yukon’s wetlands to protect ecological, social, and cultural benefits for current and future Yukoners.

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Photo credits: Banner | Susan Morse © News | Mountain landscape: Susan Morse ©,  River: Maitland Conservation Authority ©, Caribou: Don Reid © WCS Canada, Peatlands: Mike Oldham  | Bat with WNS © NPS/Creative Commons License  | Mosaic: Northern Mountains: Hilary Cooke © WCS Canada, Wolverine: Susan Morse ©. Brook Trout: Engbretson Underwater Photography ©, Bat: Cory Olson ©, Wild Places: Hilary Cooke © WCS Canada, Ontario River: Constance O'Connor © WCS Canada, Caribou: Susan Morse © | Black-capped chickadee © Malcolm Boothroyd | Yukon mining: Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle © WCS Canada. 

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