|BURNS BOG: CANADIAN AND B.C. GOVERNMENTS IGNORE OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE||1106 readings|
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|Friday, 01 July 2016 09:00|
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Green Party of Canada background circulated at Burns Bog press conference Thursday, February 3, 1999 reposted jULY 1 2016
by Joan Russow,
BURNS BOG: CANADIAN AND B.C. GOVERNMENTS IGNORE OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The proposed development of Burns Bog—a world class wetlands- is in violation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Framework Convention on Climate Change which the Canadian governments at all levels have professed to endorse. The Convention on Biological Diversity calls for the conservation of biodiversity regardless of distinctions between public/private lands or between federal/provincial jurisdiction. The Framework Convention on Climate Change calls for the conservation of carbon sinks. The intention of the these Conventions is to conserve biodiversity and carbon sinks in areas such as Burns Bog.
Since 1992 the Federal and B.C. governments have been derelict in the exercise of their duty to seriously conserve biodiversity and carbon sinks in spite of the constant rhetoric espoused by these governments..
On June 14, 1992, at the Rio Conference, the then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney surrounded by flowers and a sympathetic international media, in exalted terms, proclaimed to the international community Canada’s commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity. I asked him if this meant that Canada was going to ban environmentally unsound practices that destroy biodiversity. He hesitated and said “I ‘don’t want to deal with any issues. at this time and you understand exactly what I mean”
In September 21, 1992, the Canadian Council of Energy Ministers wrote to the Hon. Barbara McDougall and expressed their support for the ratification of the Framework Convention on Climate Change.
In November 1992, the BC government endorsed the Convention on Biological Diversity at the cabinet level in the document, “UNCED Follow-up Endorsement of International Conventions on Climate Change and Biological Diversity”. This document, obtained through the Freedom of Information, states “the Convention on Biodiversity seeks to arrest the steadily increasing global extinction rates of animal and plant species and the destruction of their habitats”. The document even goes on to inflate Canada’s role at the United Nations Conference: “Canada took a high-profile leadership role on biodiversity, announcing its willingness to sign during the opening days of the summit. Many feel that this leadership was instrumental in saving the convention by convincing a number of undecided countries to sign despite US objections”
On November 25, 1992, at a meeting of provincial environment ministers (CCME) , in Aylmer Quebec the then B.C. Environment Minister, John Cashore moved and had passed a resolution supporting Canada’s ratification of both Conventions.
On December 4, 1992, in B.C. close to Burns Bog, in the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney formally ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Framework Convention on Climate Change thus binding the Canadian government to discharge its obligations under the Convention.
Subsequent governments have been derelict in their duty to conserve biodiversity, and continually sacrifice biodiversity for the sake of short term inappropriate development.
In addition, Canada and B.C. made a commitment under the Caracas Declaration in March 1992 to move away from the “island mentality” — the preserving of a token area surrounded by inappropriate development.
The preservation of Burns Bog would also assist the Canadian government in fulfilling its obligations under RAMSAR (Convention on Wetlands of International Importance). In 1995, the international community meeting on the RAMSAR, recognized Burns Bog as being of international importance.
National Leader of the Green Party of Canada Tel: 1 250 598-0071 FAX 1 250 598-0994
BURNS BOG MUST BE PRESERVED AS AN INTACT ECOSYSTEM. CITIZENS MUST NO LONGER CONDONE THE DESTRUCTION OF THE RIGHTS OF PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS TO PROTECTION OF THEIR ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE.
Joan Russow (PhD)
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