|Parks and Protected Areas
Among the greatest threats to the diversity of natural life on this planet is the loss and destruction of habitat that sustains plant and animal species. In Canada many natural landscapes, such as prairie grasslands, Carolinian forest, and aspen parklands, have been reduced to mere remnants.
Protected areas conserve some of our most important wild lands, thereby helping to preserve biodiversity and to maintain the natural processes that provide us with clear air and water.
Yet Canada has set aside less than seven per cent of its land for protectiona small fraction of our vast country. In global terms, Canada ranks an embarrassing 61st in terms of the percentage of lands we protect, lagging behind the United States, Germany, Guatemala and Zimbabwe.
Nature Canada keeps a constant watch on government promises and plans to create protected areas. We also undertake many projects that encourage the development of an effective network of parks and protected areas from coast to coast to coast.
Canadas national parks system covers 2.5 per cent of the country and protects some of our most spectacular and important landscapes. Nature Canada works to complete Canadas national parks system and to safeguard individual parks from threats to their ecological integrity.
Canadas network of national wildlife areas and migratory bird sanctuaries protects vital habitat for migratory birds and species at risk, particularly in Canadas most threatened southern landscapes. Nature Canada helps to stem the crisis facing Canadas national wildlife areas and migratory bird sanctuaries.
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