Half of B.C. must be protected as hedge against climate change

Half of B.C. must be protected as hedge against climate change, by Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun January 27, 2010 The B.C. government is being asked to develop a joint strategy for nature conservation and climate change leading to biodiversity protection for half the province’s land base. A coalition of leading environmental groups says that existing parks and protected areas cover almost 15 per cent of the land base — not nearly enough to protect landscapes and wildlife against the ravages of climate change. The report, prepared by forest ecologist Jim Pojar, recommends that “at least an additional 35 per cent of the land base (be) managed for biodiversity and carbon,” a recognition that natural forests store carbon dioxide better than do industrial forests. New land designations and/or tenures will likely be required to guide management of the expanded conservation network outside of existing parks and protected areas, the report states. Only activities “compatible with the long-term objectives of biodiversity conservation and adaptation” should be allowed in these new areas, it said. Connectivity of landscapes will become increasingly important as B.C.’s climate continues to warm and species migrate to find new homes. >>Continue reading >>Read the new climate...

Sanctuary Asia article

Nature Needs Half by Vance G. Martin. Published December 2010 in Sanctuary Asia. Because satisfying one’s true needs is essential to assuring survival, stability, and prosperity, Nature Needs Half is a direct response to a rapidly unfolding situation in which human survival, stability and prosperity is the least assured than it has ever been since our ancestors left the trees. >>Read the full...

El Mensaje de Mérida

Extract from the San Antonio Current on December 9, 2009. Article by Greg Harman. Climate Change isn’t all about stuffing our collective tailpipe. Restoring oceans of wilderness is just as vital to saving the planet. >>Read the...

Nature Needs Half and WILD10

Nature Needs Half and WILD10 (editorial, International Journal of Wilderness, December, 2011, www.ijw.org ) Vance G. Martin (President, The WILD Foundation) How much space does nature really need? This question has increasingly been the focus of conservation biologists and many others as the natural sciences have scaled up to consider nature from a landscape and seascape perspective, and in the process gaining a much better understanding of ecological services. Professor E. O. Wilson adroitly alluded to this in his seminal work The Future of Life (2002) when he said, “Half the world for humanity, half for the rest of life, to create a planet both self-sustaining and pleasant.” >>Read the full...
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