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Canada Helping Mexico Respond to Climate Change

March 26, 2014

Canada Fast-Start Financing supporting protected areas and people

OTTAWA, March 26, 2014 /CNW/ – Parks Canada is providing its
internationally recognized conservation expertise to Mexico to help
maintain and restore national parks and other protected areas and
inform people about climate change adaptation through a contribution of
$1,015,000 under the Government of Canada’s Fast-Start Financing
program.

Canada is contributing international leadership as well as learning more
about approaches to protected area conservation that may also be
applied in Canada to help ecosystems and people adapt to climate
change. From drought mitigation to fire retardation, the successful
implementation of this project is highlighting the role of national
parks and other protected areas in climate change adaptation,
supporting the livelihoods of local communities and contributing to the
well-being of Mexican society.

Quick Facts

        --  Canadian-supported efforts under Parks Canada's leadership in
            Mexico are helping the Northeast and Eastern Sierra Madre, some
            of the driest areas in Mexico.
        --  The project supports the development and implementation of
            ecological restoration strategies in national parks and other
            protected areas, including soil erosion control, invasive
            species control, and wetland and grasslands restoration.
        --  Important ecosystems in these protected areas are being
            restored with a goal of enhancing their resilience to impacts
            of climate change such as increased drought and fire frequency
            and decreased water supplies for local communities.

Quotes

“Our Government helping countries address climate change mitigation and
adaptation challenges. The collaborating efforts on this project are
highlighting the critical role of national parks and other protected
areas in supporting the livelihoods of local communities and
contributing to the well-being of Mexican society.”

Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible
for Parks Canada

“Through the implementation of this project, protected areas have been
positioned as ideal venues for engaging the public and policy makers on
climate change discussions and actions. By sharing our experience, it
is our hope to highlight the importance of a well-managed protected
area network to help communities cope with the impacts of climate
change.”

Andrew Rhodes Espinoza, Director Encargado de Estrategias de Cambio
Climático, Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas

Related Products

        --  Backgrounder

Associated Links

        --  Canada's Action on Climate Change:
        --  Mexico's Climate Change Strategy for Protected Areas: Estrategia de
             cambio climático para áreas protegidas
        --  Canada Supports Ecological Restoration of Torres del Paine National Park
            (2012)


SOURCE Parks Canada


Source: PR Newswire



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