With renewed funding of $12 million for the next three years, the Greenbelt Foundation will continue to promote natural solutions to climate change, strengthen the local food and agriculture sector, and support rural economies in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Canada is currently at the intersection of twin crises—COVID-19 and climate change,” says Edward McDonnell, CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation. “The Greenbelt Foundation is focused on projects and partnerships that create solutions for both. We look forward to working with the Province and our other partners to build on 16 years of success and deliver results that directly benefit Ontarians.”
The Greenbelt Foundation will continue to support conservation partners in protecting the region’s watersheds and hydrological systems. Watershed management is crucial to sustaining the quality and quantity of our freshwater, protecting our communities from flooding, and protecting biodiversity.
Other important Foundation work include the Municipal Natural Asset Management program, which supports municipalities across the region in using their natural assets to protect their communities against climate change, will work with 30 new municipalities starting in 2021. Research and policy initiatives, including work on climate-smart agriculture and expanding Ontario’s production of fruits and vegetables, will continue to support the growth and resilience of our local food system.
The Greater Golden Horseshoe is expected to be home to 15 million Canadians by 2051, putting added pressure on the region’s natural systems and water resources, increasing the need for near-urban nature and greenspace.
Source: Greenbelt Foundation February 23, 2021 news release