CWF Urges Political Parties to Allocate Portion of Climate Change Revenue to Wildlife Conservation

    OTTAWA, Sept. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is
urging all parties to commit to the allocation of some revenue from climate
change funding mechanisms to renewable resource conservation.
    With the election underway, CWF is calling for parties to recognize
renewable resource conservation as a critical element in their climate change
efforts. Natural resources - air, water, vegetation and wildlife - are
negatively impacted by climate change and are of vital importance to Canada's
economy, culture and the spiritual well being of its people.
    Many areas of society are targeted to receive funding from revenue the
various political parties plan to generate through taxes or cap-and-trade
mechanisms intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "A portion of the
revenue generated from climate change funding mechanisms must be directed to
wildlife and natural resource conservation," says Wade Luzny, CWF Executive
    Under a cap-and-trade system, the auctioning of permits to polluters can
generate revenue. Another mechanism proposed to reduce greenhouse gases is a
tax on greenhouse gas producing industries.
    "There are many things that can be done to help restore our natural areas
and minimize the impact of climate changes," Luzny says. "We need to do a
better job of identifying which species and ecosystems are most vulnerable to
climate change, understanding how different ecosystems are interconnected so
land managers can make well informed decisions. Other actions can include
increased vegetation to help sequester carbon, increased use of native plant
species that are more drought and flood tolerant in re-vegetation projects,
wetland conservation, improved stream management, improved grazing systems,
prescribed burns and more efficient water use."

    Impacts of climate change include:

    - Higher temperatures and more extreme weather events such as drought and
      flooding - in turn affecting many fish and wildlife species, such as
      salmon, amphibians, birds and game animals;
    - Increased forest fires;
    - Insect and disease infestations;
    - Reduced water quality from siltation and higher concentrations of
      pollutants in water; and,
    - Increased melting of Arctic summer sea ice - impacting wildlife and
      natural areas.

    CWF is a non-partisan conservation organization focused on generating
solutions to the challenges facing wildlife and natural resources.

    About Canadian Wildlife Federation:

    CWF is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural
world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring
research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending
policy changes, and cooperating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a
future in which Canadians may live in harmony with nature. Visit
for more information and to support wildlife conservation.

For further information:

For further information: Louise Hanlon, Canadian Wildlife Federation,
(613) 599-9594,

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