Media advisory - CPAWS to raise issue of wilderness protection at Bali UN Climate Change meetings

    BALI, Indonesia, Dec. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Parks and Wilderness
Society (CPAWS) is raising the important role of boreal forest protection at
the United Nations Climate Change Conference beginning today in Bali,
Indonesia. Over the next two weeks, the international community will be trying
to hammer out an agreement on concrete steps to be taken in developing the
global climate change framework that will follow on the end of the Kyoto
Protocol's first commitment period.
    The proposed steps include a work plan to review and revise the way
emissions from land use, forestry and agriculture are addressed within the
Protocol. The outcome of this process will determine whether rules governing
land use activities are drafted that will be effective in helping to mitigate
climate change and protect ecosystems from climate change impacts.
    Chris Henschel, CPAWS' National Manager of Conservation and Climate
Change is attending the Bali Climate Change Conference and is available to
speak with the media about how Canada's natural ecosystems fit into climate
change discussions and the importance of ecosystem protection in an era of
climate change.

    See related "Backgrounder" - A comprehensive approach to climate change
    must include conservation of ecosystems
    Available at

    As Canada's voice for wilderness, CPAWS is deeply concerned about the
impact of climate change on biodiversity. We are also contributing to a policy
discussion on the extent to which maintaining our ecosystems in an intact
state will mitigate the rate of climate change. CPAWS is promoting changes to
Kyoto rules for land use and forestry that promote the best possible outcomes
for both climate change mitigation and biodiversity.

For further information:

For further information: Chris Henschel, National Manager, Domestic and
International Policy, Conservation and Climate Change, Mobile phone in Bali:
+62 81 338 979608,

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