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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.
December 28, 2005
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
To discuss restoration theory and practice, please contact Don
Rivard, Parks Canada.
about Society for Ecological Restoration...
about Conservation of Historical Places in Canada...
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
about the Birch River Ecological Reserve…
about the Armit Meadows Ecological Reserve…
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
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: Jennifer.Straub@gov.ab.ca
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 18, 2005Carolinian 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
for more information.
|October 17, 2005The 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.
|October 17, 2005
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
| August 2, 2005Environment 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
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.
|September 1, 2004CCEA 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
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.
|June 13, 2005The 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.
| June 13, 2005On 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
|May 24, 2005Ontario 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.
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 email@example.com,
or phone (519) 888-4567 x2702.
In celebration of "National
Forest Week", the Sierra Club of Canada released a database of
forest management across Canada, viewable at: www.sierraforestwatch.ca.
The database evaluates provincial/territorial ‘progress’
towards meeting commitments in the National Forest Strategy (NFS),
including completion of a network of protected areas.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
January 15, 2005
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).
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.