The GNWT released a five year workplan early in October called Healthy Land, Healthy People . It details how the GNWT will collaboratively advance conservation network planning – which is the term we are using for our work on protected areas and conservation areas – dubbed the conservation network. Conservation areas being the term we are using for all the areas we recognize as also very important towards conservation (for example, towards connectivity), but are not part of Aichi Target 1/Canada Target 1. As part of this workplan there are two priorities, one that relates to concluding 8 candidate areas and another to renew our strategy for conservation network planning (building on the NWT Protected Areas Strategy). Those 8 candidate areas are the ones listed in the Canadian Protected Areas Status Report 2012-2015 as anticipated protected areas by 2020 to contribute to Aichi Target 11/Canada Target 1. Not to boast, but I kind of will, the NWT areas carry quite a bit of heft of the ones currently anticipated to contribute to the target!
For efficiently fostering the conservation of ecological areas through education, stewardship programs, and partnerships, and for their leadership in promoting land conservation in Dinàgà Wek’èhodì.
For the knowledge shared and inspiration created, we honour the meaningful guidance you have provided in the pursuit of long-term protection for Dinàgà Wek’èhodì – a land of legend, teaching, learning, and living; a landscape of cultural narrative vital to the defining of the Tłįchǫ and Métis communities; and an important piece of the conservation network of the Northwest Territories.
There are no more rooms in the Explorer Hotel but are some rooms at the newly opened Chateau Nova:
We have asked them to set aside a block of rooms under the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas, which will be released next Friday, October 14th.
You can contact the Chateau Nova to make reservations by calling 1-844-868-6682.
On August 8, 2018, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, launched a process to update Canada’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites.
As a State Party to the World Heritage Convention, Canada maintains a list of candidate sites that have strong potential to satisfy established criteria for inscription on the World Heritage List. Canada’s Tentative List was last updated in 2004. Countries are encouraged to re-examine their Tentative Lists approximately every ten years.
The Parks Canada Agency serves as Canada’s State Party Representative for World Heritage, and is leading the process to update Canada’s Tentative List. A public call has been launched to invite Canadians to submit applications for the Tentative List, over a six month period ending on January 27, 2017. The Minister will aim to announce Canada’s updated Tentative List in December 2017 as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. More information on the process and timelines can be found at www.pc.gc.ca/whs.
As part of this initiative, a Ministerial Advisory Committee will be established and tasked with reviewing all applications and providing recommendations to the Minister on the strongest candidates for Canada’s Tentative List. A public merit-based process will be used to solicit and select the six members of the committee, which will be composed of recognized experts in natural and cultural heritage conservation and commemoration in Canada, and will include Indigenous representation. The deadline for expressions of interest for the Ministerial Advisory Committee is September 23, 2016. The Notice of Opportunity can be found at www.pc.gc.ca/eng/progs/spm-whs/sec06/b.aspx.
The Northwest Territories (NWT) State of the Conservation Network Report reports on indicators and provides a baseline of comparison for future progress towards building a conservation network in the NWT. It includes comprehensive data and information from best available sources, including scientific and traditional ecological knowledge.
There are no more rooms in the Explorer Hotel but are some rooms at the newly opened Chateau Nova:http://www.novahotels.ca/chateaunovayellowknife.html. We have asked them to set aside a block of rooms under the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas, which will be released next Friday, October 14th. You can contact the Chateau Nova to make reservations by calling 1-844-868-6682.
You are invited to participate in the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas’ (CCEA) next national workshop Achieving All Aspects of Aichi Target 11 & Canada’s Target 1 – How Will We Know We’ve Achieved Our Goals? Second Session being held from October 24th to 27th 2016 at the Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. For CCEA Members, including Directors, Associated Directors and Jurisdictional Representatives, you are also invited to stay the morning of Friday, October 28th 2016 for the CCEA’s 2016 Annual General Meeting.
Please see the workshop description on the CCEA website for more details.
Participants in the workshop are asked to provide their best, objective, science-based input to the workshop and not to represent agency or organizational positions per se. Participation is open to the community-at-large but space may be limited. The CCEA will contact organizations if the number of participants per organization needs to be limited due to space restrictions.
Registration for the national work is $500, with a special $300 rate for non-governmental organizations. 15 rooms has been reserved under the “CCEA” with a special room rate of $190 or $159 (for government employees). Please call the Explorer Hotel directly to have one of the CCEA reserved rooms assigned to you. Note: This is not a group booking and there is no code to provide the hotel. Hotel room cancellations may be made up to 24 hours prior to check-in, so you are encouraged to book your room even if you haven’t confirmed your participation.
Please refer to the registration form on the CCEA website for more information. We ask you to please provide your registration form or let us know of your interest to attend as soon as you can to help with us with finalizing logistics.
Participants are expected to seek coverage of the costs of their participation from their supporting agencies or organizations. CCEA has limited funding to assist participants with travel expenses, if they cannot otherwise be covered. Please let us know as soon as possible if you will require travel assistance in order to participate. Priority for use of travel funds will be to ensure balanced representation of experts from across Canadian protected area and conservation agencies or organizations, Aboriginal land-use planning organizations, IUCN, the scientific community and those in the fields of land stewardship and community land-use planning.
We look forward to seeing you in October. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
CCEA Secretary/ Workshop Organizing Committee
Please be advised that the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas will be hosting its next annual national workshop in Yellowknife the week of October 24th 2016. The topic of the workshop will be “Achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 – focusing on equitable management and connectivity of the network of protected areas”. More information, including how to register, will be posted on the website as it becomes available.
Summary of CCEA Participation
The event, held from April 11- 14 in Canmore, Alberta, hosted over 190 decision-makers in the sector, including participation from Federal, Provincial, Territorial, regional and municipal park agencies, indigenous organizations, academics, NGOs, as well as private sector and allied interests. The summit was co-chaired by the Canadian Parks Council and Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, who collaborated with a country-wide National Advisory Committee including delegates from 24 organizations across Canada. Heather Lazaruk, CCEA Director, attended the Canadian Parks Summit as the CCEA delegate.
The intent of the Summit was to solicit feedback for the draft framework for action document entitled “Parks for All: A Shared Vision for Canada’s Parks Community”. The summit was organized around the “Parks for All” workbook and four commissioned papers, with 14 themed keynote addresses in plenary and breakout workshop sessions for each of the four main topics outlined in the workbook: Connect, Conserve, Leadership & Sustainability, and Collaboration. More information on the Summit as well as each of the commissioned papers and the keynote presentations are available on the Summit website at www.lin.ca/canadian-parks-summit/.
For each topic, there were keynote presentation(s) in plenary, followed by structured breakout workshop sessions – the makeup of which was pre-determined to ensure a diversity of viewpoints. For each workshop session on the four main themes, feedback was solicited around key questions regarding the goal statement and priority items as outlined in the workbook. Feedback focused on – “did they get it right”, as well as opportunities, barriers and outcomes. On the final day, a single ‘open session’ workshop session was held where delegates had the ability to submit topics and freely attend those that were chosen to be held as workshops by the organizers. The CCEA delegate attended the workshop on “Systematic Conservation Planning” on how to achieve the targets nationally, hosted by delegate Pam Wright, UNBC.
Prior to the Summit, feedback on the workbook was solicited from the CCEA Board members and compiled to inform CCEA input into the summit.
Relevant to CCEA’s mission, some of the key issues that were raised in the workshop session included:
According to the organizers, the workshop sessions discussions produced 175 pages of input/feedback, which will be compiled into a single document and opened to the general public to read and offer comments. A revised and improved draft “Parks for All” document will be produced, that can be collectively endorsed by government park agencies, and utilized by non-government interests who manage or promote parks.
Any interested party can still provide feedback to “Parks For All” by completing the Summit Survey http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2710053/2016-Canadian-Parks-Summit. If you did not attend, answer “No” to the question “Did you attend the 2016 Canadian Parks Summit…?”, to get a subset of survey questions that will allow you to provide feedback about the document.
The outcomes of the Summit will be carried forward via the 2017 Pan-Canadian Parks Conference in Banff, centered on the key ideas and themes from the summit, with registration open to all. More information on the 2017 Conference is available at www.2017parks.ca.
Source: Heather Lazaruk, CCEA Director
Montreal, April 25, 2016
The CCEA participated in the meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA20) in preparation for the next Conference of Parties (COP13) to be held in December 2016.
Three Council members followed the work on the update of the progress made in achieving some Aichi objectives and specifically target 11 on protected areas. The general information suggests that quantitative terrestrial target is on track for realization worldwide.
This meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss directly with delegates from other countries and organisations, particularly with our colleagues WCMC (World Conservation Monitoring Centre) to discuss issues related to CARTS.
This participation CCEA has provided an opportunity to present our work to the IUCN Working Group on Other Effective Area Based Conservation Measures (OEABCM). The event was chaired by Kathy MacKinnon, World Commission on Protected Areas Chair (IUCN-WCPA) and jointly opened by Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the CBD, and Trevor Sandwith, Director of the World Programme on protected areas (IUCN-GPAP). An overview of the work done to date, the road map of next steps and a presentation by the CCEA on the Canadian experience were the highlights of this event.
You can download the CCEA presentation HERE.