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and excellence in the management of our treasured protected areas.
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January 24, 2011
Imagine Montana's Glacier National Park without glaciers; California's
Joshua Tree National Park with no Joshua trees; or the state's Sequoia
National Park with no sequoias. In 50 years' time, climate change
will have altered some US parks so profoundly that their very names
will be anachronisms. More...
January 24, 2011
On December 1, 2010 Manitoba announced two new protected provincial
parks located in northern Manitoba. Nueltin Lake Provincial Park captures
447,190 hectares of the transition zone between the boreal and tundra
ecosystems surrounding Nueltin Lake, and provides important winter
habitat for the Qamanirijuaq barren-ground caribou herd. Colvin Lake
Provincial Park covers 163,070 hectares in northwest Manitoba, a vast
wilderness made up of stunted trees with brief summers, known as the
“Land of Little Sticks”. These wilderness parks in the
Northern Transition Forest store an estimated 126 million tones of
carbon, and bring Manitoba’s network of protected areas to 9.9%
of the province. More...
December 23, 2010
Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) is providing one or more
cash awards of $1,000 for graduate students (Master's and PhD in their
first two years of study) who are engaged in research related to CCEA's
Mission and Strategic Plan. The award may also be augmented by the
CCEA (e.g., inviting the student to present their work at the CCEA
Annual General Meeting; promoting or featuring their work in the CCEA
newsletter; and/or, publishing their work as a CCEA occasional paper).
The CCEA was incorporated in 1982 as a national, non-profit organization
with a mission "to facilitate and assist Canadians with the
establishment and management of a comprehensive network of protected
areas representative of Canada's terrestrial and aquatic ecological
natural diversity". It became a registered, charitable organization
Widely known for his book, Forest Regions of Canada, Dr. Stan
Rowe gained special notoriety for his later writings on ethics and
conservation, which demonstrate his intimate insight of ecology
and the caring attitude that we need to adopt as environmental stewards.
Dr. Rowe’s vision and leadership are a true inspiration for
preserving wilderness in Canada.
More information, including award eligibility and application
requirements can be found in the attached PDF (English
included). All applications should be submitted by February
15, 2011. Interested applicants can also contact Chris
or visit www.ccea.org
for more information on the Award.
Posted November 26, 2010
IUCN is gearing up for the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancún,
Mexico, which takes place 29 November to 10 December. This will be
the first COP following the famous Copenhagen conference held in December
2009, which failed to reach an aspired new global legally-binding
deal on climate change. There appears to be broad expectation that
the adoption of a legally binding agreement may be postponed beyond
December 2010. IUCN believes that while negotiations continue towards
the ultimate objective of a global, legally binding agreement, it
is vital that the COP takes confidence building measures in the form
of a balanced package of decisions on REDD-plus, adaptation, technology
transfer and capacity building. More...
November 22, 2010
The CCEA is very pleased to announce that CARTS, excluding Quebec
data, is now available to the public by download. Planners, analysts,
reporters, etc., will be able to query the database directly according
to their needs and create third party reports. Products will not be
co-authored by the CCEA and it is the responsibility of the users
to ensure that analysis and querying are done correctly. CCEA will
not be responsible for any errors, omissions, or misinterpretations.
November 16, 2010
Terra Nostra Québec has received the 2010 Gold Leaf Award at
the latest CCEA Conference, held in Ottawa on November 3-5. This year,
the theme was Future Planning for Protected Areas - Responding to
Climate Change. This prize was awarded in the ''individuals'' category
in recognition of civic education initiative in the framework of the
International Year of Biodiversity. More...
Posted September 28, 2010
The Canadian Council on Ecological Areas is inviting representatives
of organizations responsible for protected areas in Canada, i.e. managers,
researchers, professionals and representatives from non-governmental
organizations interested in protecting Canadian land, marine and seascape,
to participate in an upcoming conference on Protected Areas planning
with a plenary focus on climate change. The last day of the conference
will also coincide with the CCEA’s annual general meeting. More...
Posted October 18, 2010
Québec government has decided not to allow oil and gas exploration
or extraction in the maritime estuary and northwestern Gulf of St.
Lawrence. The assessment shows that this is a complex and fragile
environment and that many communities depend on activities connected
with tourism and the commercial fishery. Québec government
does not want to develop a new industry to the detriment of other
Release... (French only)
Posted September 29, 2010
This publication, sponsored by the Canadian Council on Ecological
Areas (CCEA) in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, reports
on the results of the first national synthesis on the state of climate
change adaptation in Canada’s expansive protected areas sector.
September 15, 2010
The Province has identified an additional 38,779 hectares on Vancouver
Island to protect old-growth forests, Minister Responsible for the
Integrated Land Management Bureau Pat Bell announced today. More...
September 1, 2010
CARTS is now reporting and mapping marine areas where biodiversity
is being protected in Canada. These include protected areas entirely
in the marine environment as well as marine portions of protected
areas that include the marine-terrestrial interface. The CARTS marine
data has now also been synchronised with the Marine Protected Areas
Technical Experts Committee (MPA TEC) database in support of the National
Marine Protected Areas Network Planning led by the Department of Fisheries
CARTS marine-terrestrial data were provided to two new products
recently. One is the Government of Canada report, Spotlight
on Marine Protected Areas in Canada, 2010, and the other is
the CEC North
American Environmental Atlas on marine protected areas.
|Posted September 1, 2010The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) have just
released an updated map layer of North America's terrestrial protected
areas as part of the North American Environmental Atlas. The 2010
data has more than 200,000 areas in the dataset, 50 percent more than
were reported in the 2008 data. Terrestrial protected areas is one
of more than 40 map layers already available to view and download
free of charge from:
Posted May 31, 2010
The U.S. Geological Survey, National Biological Information Infrastructure,
Gap Analysis Program (GAP) recently released an updated version of
the Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-USv1.1) and
a redesigned mapping application for viewing or
downloading the data. More...
May 27i, 2010
Short description: Held on June 10th and 11th, in Rimouski (Québec),
Canada, this event wishes to be a place of exchange between all parties
concerned with marine conservation in Quebec: government authorities,
industry, resource users, academia, First Nations, non-governmental
organizations (NGOs), etc. More...
Posted May 27, 2010
Québec unveils a unique work in the field of protection of
biological diversity, the Overview of Quebec's Protected Areas Network
- Period 2002-2009, This document lays out the significant advances
made by Québec in the area of the protection of nature over
the last seven years, advances which have been achieved by the establishment
of a network of protected areas which meet the most stringent of international
protection criteria. More...
Posted April 7, 2010
Official designations of global protected areas may not be indicative
of their actual value in conserving natural habitats, finds a recent
paper published by the Canadian BEACONs project in the journal Biological
Leroux or Fiona
Schmiegelow for more information. More...
posted March 26, 2010
SAMPAA invites you to explore their new website at www.sampaa.org
where you will find information on protected areas and the protected
area community, published conference proceedings, and information
on the upcoming 2011 SAMPAA conference.
March 24, 2010
The Government of the Northwest Territories
(GNWT) sponsored the Buffalo Lake, River and Trails Area of Interest,
proposed by the Kátlódeeche First Nation. The area is
the first site to receive sponsorship from the GNWT and is now a Candidate
Critical Wildlife Area. Following sponsorship, a working group will
be formed to advance the area through the process identified in the
NWT Protected Areas Strategy. More...
March 22, 2010
Their Description and Relationship to the IUCN Protected Areas Classification
System contains a reference guide to Ontario’s variety of natural
heritage areas and a provisional assessment of their relationship
to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) protected
areas classification system. More...
sponsored a one-day meeting of experts in Toronto to focus on the
findings of the Natural Solutions report (first released in Copenhagen).
Here is the newswire story, including an open letter sent to Canada’s
first ministers. More...
Posted February 9, 2010
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of
Canada have accepted the Mealy Mountains Steering Committee’s
recommendation regarding 1) a final boundary for a national park
in the Mealy Mountains, Labrador and 2) the continuation of traditional
land use activities within the national park such as hunting and
trapping. The province has also announced the intention to establish
a waterway provincial park along the Eagle River. This is the most
significant protected areas announcement in the province since the
establishment of the Torngat Mountains National Park and will see
some 13,000 square kilometers of Labrador wilderness protected.
January 6, 2010
Recently, Manitoba designated two new protected areas in the Hudson
Bay Lowlands. The Kaskatamagan Wildlife Management Area stretches
along the Hudson Bay coast from the mouth of the Nelson River to the
Manitoba-Ontario border. It contains 259,530 protected hectares in
the WMA’s core, including coastal marine area. The Kaskatamagan
Sipi Wildlife Management Area located further inland, protects 133,820
hectares in the Taiga boreal forest – Arctic tundra transition
zone. Boreal areas store more carbon than any other ecosystem and
it has been estimated these two protected areas alone store approximately
179 million tonnes of carbon in their peatlands and soil. More...
Posted January 6, 2010
This new book describes and maps the diverse marine ecosystems that
surround the North American continent. The approach builds upon
the partnerships and concepts that were used to depict the marine
ecozones in CCEA’s Report #14 – A Perspective on Canada’s
As with the terrestrial ecosystems, Canada shares many marine ecosystems
and marine resources with the United States and Mexico in particular.
The North American wide system of marine ecosystems hosts an incredible
array and diversity of natural resources, from the northern Arctic
Oceans through to the more southern Atlantic and Pacific waters.
They are important for varied biodiversity conservation and socio-economic
reasons. However, the integrity and sustainability of these marine
ecosystems are under threat from pressures such as pollution, fishing
practices, oil and gas exploration, etc. Further understanding these
marine ecosystems is a positive step in assisting governments, conservation
organizations and industry to better manage and conserve them now
and into the future.
The CCEA was central partner in contributing to the Marine Ecoregions
of North America, a new book and maps produced by the Commission
for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The CEC ( www.cec.org ), marine
book/maps was multiple year and joint effort conducted by American,
Canadian and Mexican organizations and professionals (ecologists,
marine biologists, geographers and managers). It product classifies
the surrounding North American oceans into 24 major ecoregions and
then smaller accompanying sub-ecoregions. Through maps, photos and
detailed information on habitats, biophysical features and human
activities, the book describes the diversity of oceans from the
Beaufort Sea to the Gulf of Mexico, covering the continent's territorial
waters in the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. More...
Contact: Ed Wiken,
Past Chairman CCEA