The Canadian Cattle Association and the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef were official observers for the Canadian delegation during the recent COP15 meetings in Montreal.
They point out that in Canada, beef cattle production is an effective way to conserve grasslands, sequester carbon, and enhance biodiversity.
Much of the focus of COP15 was placed on the adoption of the ‘Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF)’- a landmark decision that will shape the future of biodiversity conservation.
In the CCA's press release it notes that the framework recognizes that urgent policy action is required globally, nationally, and regionally, to achieve sustainable development and that we must all take immediate action to halt and reverse biodiversity loss.
"The avoided conversion and restoration of grassland and riparian ecosystems represent the largest emissions mitigation opportunity in Canada, aligning with the ambitious ‘30 x 30’ targets of the GBF and identified as a key natural climate solution. Beef cattle farmers and ranchers realize they have a critical role to play in solving the twin crises of biodiversity and climate change. Our producers manage and protect these large areas of at-risk ecosystems and our targets to maintain and conserve these ecosystems through continuous improvement, contribute to the outcomes of the GBF."
Ian Cook, Grassland Conservation Manager for Birds Canada says grasslands that are managed responsibly for grazing cattle can also support significant populations of grasslands birds.
"This group of birds is declining faster than any other bird group in Canada, which is primarily due to habitat loss. As the achievements of COP15 are celebrated and the measures to recover nature are beginning to be implemented, Birds Canada urges lawmakers to recognize and support the vital role that grasslands play in addressing the twin global crises of biodiversity loss and climate change."
Duane Thompson, Environment Committee Chair, Canadian Cattle Association says the CCA is confident that through collaboration with industry and conservation partners, and the support of the Federal Government we are well-positioned to achieve our ambitious 2030 goals and contribute positively as a nature-based solution provider.