Nagoya+ campaign

Kyoto means something to us. We’ve heard of Nagano. But Nagoya? Nobody knows about Nagoya. Yet in 2010, the Nagoya conference in Japan marked a turning point for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); this was where 193 participants adopted the 20 Aichi targets for the conservation of biodiversity.

The creation of protected areas is a key measure among these objectives. Therefore, by 2020, at least 17% of terrestrial and inland waters and 10% of coastal and marine areas should be conserved.

Québec, which is committed to implementing the CBD, currently has just over 9% of protected areas throughout its territory. There is still a long way to go! There is currently no marine protected area in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and no large protected area has been created to protect the woodland caribou.

However, many areas have already been identified as potential protected areas, and some have the support of local communities. This is why SNAP is urging the government to respect the objectives of Nagoya and commit to doing +.

>> Sign our Nagoya+ petition, for more protected areas in Québec

Why do more?

Québec has a global responsibility to do more for the protection of biodiversity. We are home to 3% of the world’s renewable fresh water. Our boreal forest is one of the three remaining carbon sinks in the world. Our ecosystems harbour unique species such as the copper redhorse.
Not only are we home to an exceptional biodiversity, but we have a very low population density throughout our vast territory, with 6 inhabitants/km2!  By comparison, Costa Rica has 93 inhabitants/km2, but has a total of more than 22% of protected areas!

And finally, we are the hosts of the Convention on Biological Diversity, whose headquarters are in Montréal.

FOR ALL OF THESE REASONS, Québec should lead by example, taking the Nagoya targets as a lower limit and becoming an international leader in this field.

In November 2014, the government confirmed the goal of protecting 50% of the territory north of the 49th parallel by 2035. SNAP welcomed this announcement and will closely monitor the implementation of this commitment.

The support of the population for more protected areas will be crucial in achieving and exceeding the Nagoya objectives: sign and share our petition!