The federal government kicked off Canadian Environment Week by announcing the creation of a Nature Advisory Committee (NAC).
The NAC is expected to consist of a group of experts with a range of perspectives that will provide strategic advice and recommendations on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of land and resources to both the department and the minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).
According to a June 6 news release, the committee will help to address some of the ECCC’s most pressing issues, including advancing the development of Canada’s post-2020 biodiversity strategy, working toward area-based conservation targets such as conserving 25% of the lands and oceans in Canada by 2025 and 30% by 2030, and supporting wildlife and species at risk management initiatives. It will also provide innovative solutions and ideas on programs, operational policies, guidelines, and regulatory approaches to support Canada’s biodiversity progress.”
ECCC sought individuals who were recognized as leaders in conservation and who collectively could provide scientific or technical knowledge, traditional knowledge, or specialized expertise in areas such as wildlife management (including migratory birds and species at risk), area-based conservation, ecosystem services, Indigenous conservation, sustainable natural resource industry practices, and nature-based climate solutions.
OFAH gets seat
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Manager of Policy Mark Ryckman was recognized as one such expert and chosen to sit on the 21-member committee.
“Being on this committee is a great opportunity to provide input directly to Environment Canada’s nature priorities, including species at risk, biodiversity conservation, migratory birds, and protected areas. As the only member representing the fishing and hunting community, I will work to increase awareness of these heritage activities, the triple bottom line of social, economic, and ecological benefits they provide, and the key role they can play in protecting the things we love,” Ryckman said.