The Greenbelt is a "permanently" (not anymore, it seems!) protected area of green space, farmland, forests, wetlands, and watersheds, located in Southern Ontario, Canada. It surrounds a significant portion of the Golden Horseshoe.
Created by legislation passed by the Government of Ontario in 2005, the Greenbelt is considered a prevention of urban development and sprawl on environmentally sensitive land in the province. According to the Greenbelt Foundation, the Greenbelt includes 2,000,000 acres (810,000 ha) of land. That includes 721,000 acres (292,000 ha) of protected wetlands, grasslands, and forests.
The Greenbelt generates approximately $9.1 billion of revenues annually through farming, tourism and other activities.
It is one of our main defense against the impacts of climate change, mitigating flood risks, helping air pollution and sheltering biodiversity.