Montreal announces new fund to protect vulnerable species – Montreal

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As the fifteenth UN Conference of the Parties (COP15) on biodiversity prepares to land in Montreal, the city has announced a new initiative to save local endangered species.

The hope is that a new fund can help protect vulnerable animal and plant life for many years to come.

“Because we created all these man-made buildings and spaces, (vulnerable species) no longer have their space. That’s what we’re trying to reverse,” said Emiko Wong, Living Collections Manager. , conservation and research at the Montreal Biodôme.

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On Monday at the Biodôme, officials from the City of Montreal and the Space For Life Foundation announced the creation of a new philanthropic fund dedicated to accelerating conservation efforts.

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The goal is to raise up to $2 million over the next two to three years to fund initiatives and research that will protect biodiversity from human threats.

“It’s very exciting,” Wong said. “Basically what we’re saying is that we really care more about all endangered species.”

Espace Pour la Vie has more than 300 scientists working on a variety of conservation projects. Their monarch mission is to protect the iconic butterflies, while the wood turtle, chorus frog and copper redhorse are among the other endangered creatures they strive to preserve.

Officials say this new fund will allow them to do much more.

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“The research will help protect some of our region’s iconic species,” said longtime conservationist and Foundation Greater Montreal president Karel Mayrand, noting that the foundation had donated $15,000 to the new fund.

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The Montreal Port Authority has announced that it is becoming one of the fund’s first donors and the City hopes to rally as many citizens and businesses as possible.

“We invite all citizens, businesses and environmental foundations to support this fund,” said Marie-Andrée Mauger, member of the Montreal executive committee responsible for the ecological transition. “We aim to raise $1.5 million over three years to support these research and conservation projects.”

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