Ontario loves nature!
TORONTO, March 29, 2018 /CNW/ - The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) welcomes the Government of Ontario's commitment to nature contained in Budget 2018, released Wednesday. New funding has been earmarked to protect our forests, wetlands, lakes and rivers.
An investment of $15 million over three years affirms Ontario's commitment to protecting our lands and waters and the variety of species they sustain. An additional investment in the Canada – Ontario Lake Erie Action Plan, will further support the health of Lake Erie.
Natural capital is one of Ontario's greatest competitive advantages. Healthy natural systems cost-effectively support sustainable, livable communities and economic development. Nature underpins our reputation as a top destination in which to live, work and invest. Protecting the environment and growing the economy go hand-in-hand.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada and our many partners in Ontario including the land trust community, are already delivering results and ready to do more. By working together and advancing private and public conservation we can make a difference in Ontario and contribute to Canada Target 1 – the pledge to protect 17 per cent of our nation's land and inland waters by the end of this decade.
"The Nature Conservancy of Canada is pleased to see a commitment to natural heritage contained in Ontario Budget 2018. Ontarians are ready to take real action to protect our land, water and species at risk—the natural areas that sustain prosperous communities. At the Nature Conservancy of Canada we're standing by to do our part," John Lounds, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy of Canada
"We are pleased to see a government focus on protecting biodiversity and caring for our natural areas. These are the places we all cherish. There is much left to do, but together we can conserve and enhance ecologically rich, healthy and resilient landscapes for Ontario, Canada and the world," Gary Goldberg, Chair, Ontario Regional Board, The Nature Conservancy of Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres), coast to coast, with more than 74,400 hectares (184,000 acres) in Ontario.
SOURCE Nature Conservancy of Canada
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