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Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS bc. Clicking on a link will you take to the chapter's website.

Dec 11 17

CPAWS-BC statement on Site C decision
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s British Columbia chapter (CPAWS-BC) is deeply disappointed by today’s announcement from the BC government that construction will proceed on the Site C dam. CPAWS-BC supports the challenges brought forward by the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations, on whose territories the dam is being built and whose rights are threatened by the project.

Nov 22 17

In memory of a fighter: Chloe O’Loughlin
On November 17, 2017, CPAWS and the environmental community lost Chloe O'Loughlin, a powerful advocate for wilderness conservation, and former CPAWS-BC staff member, volunteer, advocate and friend.

Oct 31 17

The Wilburforce Foundation’s Conservation Leadership Award honours Johnny Mikes
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s British Columbia Chapter (CPAWS-BC) is proud to celebrate the achievements of Johnny Mikes, who has been recognized as a recipient of this year’s Wilburforce Foundation Conservation Leadership Award.

Oct 28 17

Government takes important step in protecting Canada’s Oceans and Seamounts
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) today recognized the significant work on ocean conservation by the Government of Canada and welcomed the announcement of a new fishing closure as the critical first step to protect a large area of seamounts off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Oct 27 17

New National Park Reserve finally underway to protect B.C.’s threatened grasslands

Oct 12 17

Federal government’s orca symposium failed to establish concrete action on recovery measures
“We need to create networks of protected areas that act as refuges in key foraging areas for whales, where they have access to plenty of food, and safe, quiet spaces, free from harmful human activities,” says Sabine Jessen, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society National Oceans Program Director. Work has already begun on the proposed Southern Strait of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area, which could protect an important part of their critical habitat.

Oct 05 17

CPAWS applauds government commitment to establishing minimum standards for Canadian marine protected
“CPAWS has been working on MPAs in Canada for over 20 years. During this time, we have repeatedly called for minimum protection standards, so we are pleased to see Canada’s federal government take this important step,” said Sabine Jessen, CPAWS National Ocean Program Director. “CPAWS is committed to bringing our decades of experience to this process and to work with the Minister, Indigenous leaders, and the scientific community, to ensure a robust set of standards.”

Sep 08 17

Canada to Host Major International MPA Conference in 2021
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is delighted to announce that Canada will be hosting the 5th International Marine Protected Area Congress (IMPAC 5) in Vancouver, Canada, in 2021.

Aug 14 17

Stronger management needed for threatened populations of B.C. grizzlies, beyond trophy hunt ban
The Coast to Cascade Grizzly Bear Initiative is pleased to see that today’s statement by the Provincial Government regarding ending the trophy grizzly bear hunt also confirms its commitment to a renewed wildlife management strategy for the province. The group notes the importance for this strategy to recognize that the fate of grizzly bears in B.C. is deeply tied to managing the species and their habitat beyond just the hunt.

Aug 09 17

Conservationists urge government to establish Marine Protected Areas to protect endangered whales
“We welcome this opportunity to provide feedback to the government on this pressing issue and are hopeful that Canadians will see real action being taken to protect these whales as a result,” said Sabine Jessen, National Ocean Program Director at CPAWS. “We know that these whales face an array of threats and that marine protected areas that have strong protection measures are one the most effective ways to address multiple simultaneous threats to species and ecosystems,” added Jessen.

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