High-risk animal populations in Canada have declined by 42% in 50 years

(Toronto) The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says the population of endangered species in Canada has declined by an average of 42% over the past 50 years.

Posted September 2, 2020 at 11:09 AM

The Canadian Press

The organization concludes that Canada is not doing enough to protect its endangered species in its territory. WWF says Canadian populations of endangered species face multiple threats, including pollution, habitat loss and climate change.

However, the environmental organization says that response plans in Canada often target one threat at a time. WWF therefore urges the government to take a multi-sectoral approach to ensure the long-term survival of endangered species.

WWF also points out that lands controlled by indigenous peoples often deal better with species at risk and that these communities need more consultation and support in the future.

To compile its report, WWF used 300 data sources dating back to 1970 on 100 mammal species, 389 bird species, 357 fish species, and 37 amphibian and reptile species.

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