Canada to pay $2.6 million for protected wildlife habitat
B.C. will be among a number of jurisdictions that will pay for protected habitat in the years ahead.
The B.c. government has set aside $2 million for wildlife habitat in areas where it can’t control poaching, habitat degradation and invasive species, B.com.au reported.
B.C.’s Department of Forests and Oceans (DFO) will contribute another $500,000, the province announced Tuesday.
Other jurisdictions in Canada and the United States are expected to spend an estimated $100 million or more on protected habitat over the next two years, according to the B.N.C., the Fraser Institute and others.
“I think that’s a very reasonable commitment that is well in excess of what’s needed to meet the needs of wildlife and the protection of our coastal communities,” said Paul Rieger, president of the Fraser Wildlife Trust.
“We’ve already seen that, from coastlines that are already under threat from the pressures of climate change and from sea level rise, and we need to get to the point where we’re in a position to support those communities and protect those places.”
The provincial government says the new funding is not yet set in stone.
It is possible the funds could be delayed by a provincial budget that is expected in the fall, according the government.
But in the meantime, Riegers hopes the funding will be a strong deterrent for wildlife poachers.
“The first thing you want to do is put some resources in place to try and make sure that the population of wildlife that is there is maintained,” he said.