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Archives du babillard-2005

The 2004-2005 Annual Report of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System
December 29, 2005
Annual Report is now available in PDF format from the CHRS website. The CHRS was established in 1984 by the federal, provincial and territorial governments to conserve and protect the best examples of Canada's river heritage, to give them national recognition, and to encourage the public to enjoy and appreciate them. CHRS promotes, protects and enhances Canada's river heritage, and ensures that Canada's leading rivers are managed in a sustainable manner. Responsible river stewardship is the ethic it engenders. Cooperation and public support are the strengths it builds upon.

Standards and guidelines for ecological restoration in Canadian protected areas.
December 28, 2005
Parks Canada proposes to develop a reference document to guide ecological restoration in protected areas. It will build on the ecosystem restoration primer published by the Society for Ecological Restoration International, and have a level of detail similar to that of the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. Parks Canada wishes this to be a collaborative effort of benefit to all Canadian protected area custodians. It seeks volunteers to be part of network of interested parties who can work via email to provide inputs, comments, reviews and assist with adoption of the final product by their respective organizations. If you wish to offer your expertise, please contact David Welch. To discuss restoration theory and practice, please contact Don Rivard, Parks Canada.
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Armit Meadows and Birch River Ecological Reserves Added to Manitoba’s Network of Protected Areas
December 19, 2005
Wetland meadows, glacial beaches and endangered fescue prairie grassland are now protected in Manitoba through the newly designated Birch River Ecological Reserve and the Armit Meadows Ecological Reserve.For more information contact Helios Hernandez at
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Goldman Sachs Environmental Policy Framework
December 19, 2005
Goldman Sachs recognizes that diverse, healthy natural resources - fresh water, oceans, air, forests, grasslands, and agro-systems - are a critical component of social and sustainable economic development. Forests are particularly important for the environment and biodiversity. They are vital to water and air quality, and help regulate climates. Forests are home to thousands of wildlife species, and, at the same time, represent a natural source of timber. The key challenge for society is to manage the competing human demands on land, soil and vegetation without undermining crucial ecosystem functions.

Boreal Habitat Conservation Initiative
December 19, 2005
The Boreal Habitat Conservation Initiative is a three-year partnership involving the Suncor Energy Foundation, the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) and Alberta Parks and Protected Areas. Suncor has committed $1 million to acquire ecologically significant habitat. Jennifer Straub with the Alberta Conservation Association in Peace River is the main contact for the project. She can be reached at:

Great Lakes Conservation Blueprint for Biodiversity
December 2, 2005
The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) have worked together to complete the Great Lakes Conservation Blueprint for Biodiversity, a shared vision for natural heritage conservation. It identifies a portfolio of sites representing high quality terrestrial and freshwater areas that can support a broad range of natural biodiversity, including species at risk. The Great Lakes Conservation Blueprint contributes to the goals of Ontario's Biodiversity Strategy.
St. Lawrence Islands National Park doubling in size
November 28, 2005
Canada’s smallest national park is being doubled in size through collaboration amongst several partners, and with strong local support. Parks Canada, Ontario’s St. Lawrence Parks Commission, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Thousand Islands Heritage Conservancy and the Biosphere Network are the key partners and supporters involved. The additional lands will enhance the park’s ecological health and improve representation of this part of Canada in the national park system, and will also greatly expand experience opportunities for visitors. For more information contact Gordon Giffin, Superintendent, at (613) 923-1050.

Proposed Legislation for Ontario's Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves
November 3, 2005
The Ontario government is introducing new, stronger legislation for the permanent protection of provincial parks and conservation reserves. The proposed act would make ecological integrity the first priority when planning and managing provincial parks and conservation reserves, as well as enhancing transparency by requiring the Minister to report on the state of the provincial park and conservation reserve system. The new legislation would make into law key policies for planning and management of protected areas.

The Urban Imperative: Urban Outreach Strategies for Protected Area Agencies
October 31, 2005
How those responsible for protected areas can better serve people in large cities and build stronger urban constituencies for nature conservation. The proceedings of a workshop at the Fifth World Parks Congress, Durban, South Africa, 8-17 September 2003 includes 26 articles, 34 authors from 11 countries on 6 continents. It looks at the challenges and opportunities posed for nature conservation by a rapidly urbanizing world.
Protected Areas and the Regional Planning Imperative in North America
October 18, 2005
This timely collection of essays presents new protected area theory, method, and practice as an explicit part of regional planning. With a North American focus, these essays consider the history of ecology, policy, and planning of protected areas in the context of the fundamental need for a linkage with ongoing regional planning. Protected areas and regional planning must be pursued not as separate, but rather as interrelated activities if both will achieve their place in decision-making in North America.

Thinking Big, Wild Ideas in Carolinian Canada
October 18, 2005
Carolinian Canada Coalition brings together hundreds of groups and individuals to protect some of the richest ecosystems in Canada. New Releases: Multi-media proceedings; Species at Risk & How to Help for landowners; Signature Sites Guide profiling community action and more. Contact Michelle Kanter for more information.

Parks and Protected Areas Research in Ontario, 2004: Planning Northern Parks and Protected Areas
October 17, 2005
The theme day of the Parks Research Forum of Ontario (PRFO) 2004 Annual General Meeting (AGM) examined issues related to Planning Northern Parks and Protected Areas in Ontario. The aims of the conference were to: identify common challenges facing researchers, planners and managers working in parks and protected areas in Northern Ontario; identify and prioritize needs for social and ecological research in parks and protected areas in Northern Ontario; identify opportunities for collaboration; and, provide an opportunity for presentation and discussion of a wide range of research on parks and protected areas.
Social Science in Parks and Protected Areas: Proceedings of a Symposium held at the Algonquin Park
October 17, 2005
This is the third in a series of joint publications for parks and protected areas issued by the Parks Research Forum of Ontario (PRFO) in cooperation with Forum partners. On March 26 and 27, 2003, a symposium focusing on social science research in parks and protected areas was hosted by Ontario Parks, Algonquin Provincial Park, the Friends of Algonquin Park and PRFO. This report, now issued as PRFO Occasional Paper No. 3, contains summaries and abstracts of the symposium presentations.
Climate Change and Ontario's Parks: Parks Research Forum of Ontario (PRFO) State of the Art Workshop I
October 17, 2005
The aim of this Parks Research Forum of Ontario (PRFO) workshop was to explore the evidence for climate change, the uncertainties involved, and the measures that have been taken and might be taken to adapt to them. The workshop was primarily intended for Ontario’s park managers and other staff so that they have an opportunity to gain state of the art knowledge about climate change as it bears on their current and future responsibilities.

Building the Great Arc: An International Heritage Cooridor in the Great Lakes Region
October 17, 2005
The Great Arc Initiative (GAI) involves building cross-border cooperation in the conservation and sustainable use of a unique landscape or ecoregion which extends along the great curve of the Niagara Escarpment and its extensions from approximately Rochester, NY, through central Ontario, the Bruce Peninsula, Manitoulin Island, Michigan, Wisconsin into Illinois. The GAI began in 1997 with initial planning in the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo. This second GAI proceedings contains papers from a conference held in 2004 on the theme of Heritage-based Recreation Along the Great Arc.

Ontario Launches Review of Protected Areas Legislation
October 1, 2004
For the first time in 50 years, the government of Ontario is reviewing the legislation for Ontario’s protected areas – provincial parks, conservation reserves and wilderness areas. The review was launched in September 2004. A discussion paper is available that includes background information on Ontario’s protected areas network and eight legislative proposals for public comment. The proposals generally focus on incorporating in law important protection provisions that are currently in policy.
Saskatchewan Launches Consultations on Building a Green Strategy
September 9, 2005
Saskatchewan is launching a series of public consultations called Green Forums, to discuss a proposed Green Strategy for Saskatchewan. Starting in September, six Green Forums will be held across the province. Each two-day Forum will focus on a different aspect of the proposed Green Strategy:Reduced Waste and Waste Management; Water Stewardship; Parks and Representative Areas; Human Society and The Environment; Stewardship Of Renewable Natural Resources; and Green Economy and Innovation.
New Protected Lands in Nova Scotia
In 2004-05, Nova Scotia designated over 10,000 hectares of land including two new wilderness areas at Gully Lake and Eigg Mountain - James River and five new nature reserve properties. The designation process for wilderness areas included completion of a socioeconomic analysis which discussed the potential effects of designation a range of interests including forestry, mining, recreation, tourism climate change mitigation, water regulation, and biodiversity maintenance. Nova Scotia now has 33 wilderness areas totaling more than 294,000 hectares, and 11 nature reserves totaling 3,140 hectares.
Nova Scotia Nature Reserve Legislation Updated
Several important amendments were made to the provincial Special Places Protection Act making it easier to designate additional nature reserves in Nova Scotia. Nature Reserve designations now run with the land and bind subsequent land owners. Management plans are no longer required prior to designation -- they will now be developed as necessary, such as for highly visited nature reserves that may need special measures for protection. The amendments also re-establish the special places advisory committee with an updated membership structure to provide advice on all aspects of nature reserves.
Linking Ecological Monitoring to Decision-Making at Community and Landscape Scales
August 2, 2005
Environment Canada’s Ecological Monitoring & Assessment Network (EMAN) Coordinating Office is pleased to release a new report entitled “Linking Ecological Monitoring to Decision-Making at Community and Landscape Scales.” This document profiles six Canadian initiatives that are improving local decision-making through collaborative, multi-stakeholder community based monitoring. Contributors provide insights and best practices from academic, industry, government, and non-government perspectives.
EMAN National Science Meeting Call for Papers
Environment Canada’s Ecological Monitoring & Assessment Network Coordinating Office is pleased to announce the Call for Papers and Posters for the 2005 EMAN National Science Meeting to take place November 20-26 in Penticton, British Columbia. The theme of the 2005 meeting will be Sustainability at the Landscape Scale: Supporting the Process through Multi-party Stakeholder Participation.
CCEA Workshop ’04, Protected Area Data and its Uses
September 1, 2004
CCEA jurisdictional representatives and other interested protected area professionals are invited to participate in a national workshop in Ottawa, October 28 and 29 in Ottawa. The workshop is being held in conjunction with CCEA's Annual General meeting on October 27 which is open to interested persons. Workshop topics will include aspects of the Conservation Area Reporting and Tracking System (CARTS) – the Canadian portal to discover and access Canada’s protected areas.
June 30, 2005
The protected areas of the world are at risk. These sites which harbor the world's most valuable diversity of life and the sources of ecosystem services for people face a growing set of global changes that threaten the existing capacity to protect and maintain these resources. PALNet is designed specifically to enable PA managers, policy makers, and stakeholders to adapt their policies, strategies, and practices to anticipate these threats and at the same time, capture the new opportunities generated by these changes.
New book and map identify 28 marine priority conservation areas
June 13, 2005
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and Marine Biology Conservation Institute (MCBI) launched a new book and map that identify 28 aquatic environments that marine experts consider essential to safeguarding the biological diversity of the west coast of North America. The book, entitled Priority Conservation Areas: Baja California to the Bering Sea, presents key information regarding the biodiversity, ecological significance and threats found in each area.
Federal Marine Protected Area Strategy
June 13, 2005
On June 8th, Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Stéphane Dion, Minister of the Environment, released the Federal Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Strategy. This is a joint initiative of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment Canada, and the Parks Canada Agency and will allow for the coordination of the development and implementation of a federal network of marine protected areas.
Legislative review for Ontario’s parks and protected areas moving ahead
May 24, 2005
Ontario is moving forward with its review of protected areas legislation, according to a May 24, 2005 newsrelease. The Ontario Parks’ Board of Directors, a citizens’ committee that advises the Minister of Natural Resources, has provided recommendations for the review based on presentations the board received from major stakeholders and input from the public consultation. The government intends to introduce legislation later this year for comment.

Parks Research Forum of Ontario and Carolinian Canada
April 30, 2005
The upcoming annual PRFO conference is being held together with Carolinean Canada, May 5-7th, 2005 at the University of Guelph. The conference theme is "Parks and Protected Areas and Species and Ecosystems at Risk: Research and Planning Challenges". For more information and to register, email the, or phone (519) 888-4567 x2702.

Protected areas highlighted in National Forest Strategy review
April 14, 2005
In celebration of "National Forest Week", the Sierra Club of Canada released a database of forest management across Canada, viewable at: The database evaluates provincial/territorial ‘progress’ towards meeting commitments in the National Forest Strategy (NFS), including completion of a network of protected areas.
Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network
April 14, 2005
CSIN is a place for Canadian sustainability indicator and reporting practitioners to exchange ideas, data, and methods and to circulate announcements. The Community of Practice approach assists and enables practitioners to share lessons learned, discuss relevant issues of theoretical, strategic, technical, and practical importance, and start developing mechanisms for collaboration among the multitude of indicator and reporting initiatives. For information on how to join CSIN, contact the CSIN coordinator at
New Website for Newfoundland and Labrador's Parks
Newfoundland and Labrador's Parksand Natural Areas Division of the Department of Environment and Conservation has just launched their newly designed and upgraded website. The new site is much more user friendly with easy navigation and evocative images. New content includes more information on the Wilderness and Ecological Reserves and Heritage Rivers Programs, information About Protected Areas and the province's Protected Areas Strategy, an enhanced Library of resources, and more info About Us (PNAD) and our partners.
New environmental assessment for Ontario protected areas
January 15, 2005
The Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves was approved by government in September 2004 and took effect on January 10, 2005. The Class EA document describes the evaluation requirements and consultation processes that MNR follows for the different categories of projects. The Class EA was approved under the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA).
Wild spaces for wild life workshop proceedings
In September 2003, a workshop on Wild Places and Wild Life, sponsored jointly by CCEA and the Circumpolar Protected Areas Network, was held in Yellowknife. The workshop and the proceedings are important contributions to CCEA work that focusses on designing protected areas for long-term viability and sustainability.

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