Tree Frog Forestry News

When does plant and animal species loss become a societal crisis?

By David Suzuki
The Georgia Straight
April 16, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, International

It’s heartening, in the midst of the human-caused sixth mass extinction, to find good wildlife recovery news. As plant and animal species disappear faster than they have for millions of years, Russia’s Siberian, or Amur, tigers are making a comeback… thanks to conservation measures that include habitat restoration and an illegal-hunting crackdown. It shows the value of sound policies and regulations to protect wildlife. …The authors recommend proactive, precautionary measures to protect at-risk species. These are rare in Canada. Even when species are pushed to the brink, governments continue to stall. That’s true for boreal woodland caribou…Not one province or territory with boreal caribou has implemented the risk-based threshold-management approach. Throughout Canada, industrial activities continue to degrade caribou habitat in the absence of sufficient protection regimes. In the past year, two of B.C.’s caribou populations died out.

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