Nova Scotia is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Its extensive coastlines, lakes and rivers, diverse ecosystems and array of scenic views encourage all of us to develop meaningful relationships with the land. Investing in protected areas strengthens our connection to the land by preserving natural habitats for mainland moose, migratory birds and other wildlife; sustaining mature forests and coastal ecosystems; supporting learning, education and research; and encouraging responsible recreation and tourism.
The Liberal government is well on the way to reaching its previous goal of 14% protected areas. We have achieved this by protecting more than 150 ecologically significant areas since 2013 and, this year alone, announcing our intention to protect 62 new wilderness areas.
However, we aren’t done making progress. A re-elected Liberal government will increase its land protection target to 17%, an ambitious and doable goal given Nova Scotia’s relatively small amount of available public land. We will also continue to work alongside the Mi’kmaw people to identify and protect areas of cultural, historical importance.