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Articles by Sabine Jessen

Sabine Jessen is the National Manager of the Oceans and Great Freshwater Lakes Program for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. She also serves as the Conservation Director for the British Columbia Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Sabine has been involved with CPAWS since 1991 when she began four years of volunteer work, prior to becoming the first Executive Director of the BC chapter. She has worked on marine conservation issues since 1993, and also conducted research on land use planning in Canada’s Arctic.

Sabine holds a Masters Degree in Geography from the University of Waterloo, specializing in coastal zone management and environmental regulation. She has served as an Advisor to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Parks, the British Columbia Commission on Resources and Environment, and the Economic Council of Canada. Sabine was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Resource and Environmental Management Program at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 2008 and is currently co-supervising a project reviewing previous experience with marine protected areas (MPAs) in Canada’s Arctic. In 2009, Sabine began her PhD studies in the Department of Geography at SFU focused on international comparative experience with MPA and MPA network establishment. Her contribution to coastal zone management in Canada was recognized in 2008 with the H.B. Nicholls award from the Coastal Zone Canada Association, and she was awarded the Stan Rowe Home Place Graduate Award by the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) 2010, and a Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions PhD fellowship in 2011.

Sabine is currently on leave until December 2012.

Conservation in a place you won’t likely ever get to see…


This morning, the Qikiqtani Inuit Assocation (the QIA for short) released a report on one of Canada's most incredible northern marine areas - Lancaster Sound. Referred to locally as Tallurutiup Tariunga, it is one of the twelve marine sites CPAWS has identified as a priority for the government to proceed with to help begin the important process of creating a network of marine protected areas in Canada. The government is required to do so according to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its report to the meeting later this year.

Labrador – Torngat Mountains National Park

  • Published on Aug 06 2011 |
  • by Sabine Jessen |
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Our crossing of the Labrador Sea was so smooth, that my seasickness precautions were not needed at all. At times, we couldn’t even feel the swell of the ocean. We had a full day at sea and arrived at Saglek Fjord early in the morning. We visited the Torngat Mountains camp and shared a barbecue on the beach with Inuit elders and members of the co-management committee for Torngat Mountains National Park.

Greenland - Spectacular land of ice and mountains


Flexibility is key – that is the mantra of this trip. And we needed it big time during our few days in Greenland. Fog and sea ice prevented us from reaching the first Greenland fjord on our schedule, so we had another day at sea to move around the southern tip of Greenland known as Cape Farewell. And what a spectacular site awaited us in the morning – the westerly entrance to Prins Christian Sund, filled with stunning, castle-like icebergs framed by jagged mountain peaks bathed in bright sunshine.

Greenland - out of the fog and into the sunshine


We have just ended a perfect day in Greenland that I will remember for the rest of my life. After a day in the fog off the Greenland coast, with no opening through the ice pack, we finally emerged this morning into sunshine and the opening to the Prins Christian Sund. We travelled to the end of the fjord up two different arms, each of which ended in a glacier that was actively calving into the fjord.

Sailing to Greenland


We are now crossing the Denmark Strait, bound from Greenland. Our last stop in Iceland was a visit to huge cliff-side bird colony on the Hornstrandir peninsula, part of the Western Fjords region of Iceland. The most numerous of the species on the cliffs were the Blackfooted Kittywake, but also included Thickbilled Murres, and those clowns of the sea, the Puffin.

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