Impact

In Canada, as elsewhere around the world, funders  have worked closely with environmental NGOs to support a number of environmental achievements, big and small. Often corporations and governments have also been involved. Specific milestones that have benefited from the work and commitment of funders and NGOs include:

  • An agreement between Canada and the United States to reduce sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, effectively curtailing acid rain.
  • The establishment of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan to protect wetlands in Canada.
  • The establishment of over 1000 new parks, wilderness areas and nature reserves between 1990 and 2000, which represented a doubling of the amount of protected area across the country.
  • The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, which is an unprecedented collaboration between 21 major Canadian forest products companies and nine leading environmental organizations designed to accomplish objectives which include accelerating the completion of a protected spaces network and enhancing sustainable use of the boreal forest located outside of protected areas.
  • The establishment and adoption of the Forest Stewardship Council certification system, which has led to healthier forests and a forest economy rooted in ecological principles.
  • The declaration of Bisphenol A (BPA) as a toxic substance by the Government of Canada and the establishment of by-laws in a number of Canadian municipalities banning the use of cosmetic pesticides.