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COVID-19 and Conservation

Planetary health has never been more important to human health. Learn what WCS Canada is doing to help. This page is regularly updated to reflect the changing situation.

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Bat Week 2020

Bats need our help more than ever. Learn more about bats and COVID-19, and the issues threatening our only flying mammals, and what we're doing to help.

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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.

Thinking big to conserve small but important species

Through the Key Biodiversity Areas program, rare, endemic, and underappreciated species are finally getting their due as important components of their ecosystems.

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Northern Peatlands Story Map

WCS Canada has highlighted the importance of northern peatlands in a new visual story map that lays out the huge importance of these areas for climate control, wildlife and people. 

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Latest policy comments

Joint Comment - Multiple Mineral Exploration in the Ring of Fire - November 2020
Canadian Environmental Law Association, Friends of the Attawapiskat River, MiningWatch Canada and WCS Canada provided comments to the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines regarding multiple mining exploration proposals. We ask that the ministry pause any decision-making on the proposals, and only proceed when public and Indigenous engagement can be achieved.
WCS Canada Comments - Proposed Project List for comprehensive environmental assessments under the Environmental Assessment Act - November 2020
We provided comments on the proposed changes to Ontario's Environmental Assessment Act through Bill 197, and submit recommendations regarding the proposed list of projects. In particular, we recommend the Environmental Assessment Act be reformed to include all projects except those that are excluded through an evidence-based, transparent and participatory process; include all mining projects; better align with the federal environmental process; and consider the value of a proactive, regional impact assessment.
WCS Canada Comments - Federal discussion paper on carbon pollution pricing - September 2020
We provide recommendations in response to Environment and Climate Change Canada's discussion paper - Carbon Pollution Pricing: Considerations for Protocol Development in the Federal Greenhouse Gas Offset System. We recommend that the Government of Canada explore policy, legislative and/or financial measures that could complement the offset system and broaden the range of tools available to Natural Climate Solutions that could be applied to incentivize long-term carbon management.

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Photo credits: Banner | John Meikle © News | Mountain landscape: Susan Morse ©,  Maritime ringlet butterfly: Colin Jones ©, Peatlands: Mike Oldham, 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 © 

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