Help ensure critical habitat is identified and conserved
The Canadian government wants your feedback on its draft recovery strategy for Peary caribou, found in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. This is your chance to weigh in on behalf of the smallest caribou subspecies.
Peary caribou were first assessed as endangered in 2004. It’s now 2021. They can’t afford to wait any more for their critical habitat to be identified and conserved, especially as industrial pressures in the Arctic increase.
As it stands, the strategy needs to do a better job of identifying the key habitat caribou need to survive, responding quickly in cases of extreme decline and mitigating the effects of climate change. For instance, increasing the amount of ice crossings identified as critical habitat would be a good precautionary approach to facilitate caribou survival in the face of rising global temperatures.
The draft strategy represents a missed opportunity for Canada to show true leadership in caribou recovery, putting the imperilled species at even greater risk.
If Canada is serious about its responsibility to ensure that caribou survive, it must take bolder action to prevent fragmentation of critical habitat.
This is your chance to tell the government that caribou survival matters to you. Tell Canada to take this opportunity to do what’s right and recover species at risk.