This week, the committee discussed the development of a National Conservation Plan. During in the in-camera potion of the meeting, the committee issued a news release calling for public participation in relation to study regarding the development of a national conservation plan.
In the public portion of the meeting, witnesses each outlined their recommendations for the National Conservation Plan. All witnesses advocated for conservation at large-scale; the importance of connecting and consulting with landowners, impacted parties, and First Nations; a commitment to long-term funding; and incorporating the Aichi Targets from the Convention on Biological Diversity into any conservation plan.
It was recognized that a national conservation plan must take into consideration Canada’s diverse geography as well as its unique regional social, economic, and political perspectives.