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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.

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.

Aug 05 17

PM paddles in proposed Southern Strait of Georgia NMCA: Conservationists urge protection
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society BC Chapter are pleased to see Prime Minister Trudeau and his family take a short break kayaking in the proposed National Marine Conservation Area in the Southern Strait of Georgia, and are urging the PM to make sure that this area is finally protected, before it is too late.

Jul 24 17

Canada lags behind the world in land protection: CPAWS report
Vancouver, BC – In its latest annual report on the state of protected areas in Canada, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling upon all governments to step up efforts to meet Canada’s international commitments to protect at least 17% of land and inland waters by 2020. CPAWS’ 2017 report “From Laggard to Leader? Canada's renewed focus on protecting nature could deliver results” calls Canada out for ranking last among G7 countries in the percentage of land and freshwater protected for conservation purposes, and encourages all governments to improve the quality of their protected area systems to more effectively conserve nature.

Jun 21 17

Changes to Canada’s Oceans Act a good start say conservationists, but more is needed
“This is another positive step forward in the Government of Canada’s push to meet our international commitments to protect at least 10 percent of our ocean by 2020,” said Sabine Jessen, CPAWS’ National Ocean Program Director. “Until now, Canada’s marine protected areas have taken far too long to establish. Some sites have taken up to 20 years to establish, with no interim protection, leaving ecologically important areas at great risk from industrial uses,” said Jessen.

Jun 07 17

CPAWS expresses concern about Canada’s approach to Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) today responded to Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s announcement about Fisheries and Oceans Canada policy and sites regarding Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs). “While we appreciate the efforts that Minister LeBlanc and his department have made to be the first government in the world to develop explicit policy on marine OECMs, we are concerned that neither the policy nor the sites announced today meet the test set out by the Convention on Biological Diversity to protect biodiversity as a whole”, said Sabine Jessen, CPAWS National Ocean Program Director. “As long as other industrial activities are being allowed in these areas, it is difficult to see them as ‘marine refuges’, as DFO has labeled them.”

Jun 07 17

New tourism development threatens Flathead wilderness
Fernie, BC -- The wilderness and wildlife in B.C.’s Southern Rockies are under threat by a new proposal for a long-term tourism operation in one of the most remote corners of the Flathead River Valley, warn conservation groups with the Flathead Wild coalition. The proposed development would involve building backcountry lodges and guest cabins and operating a year-round tourism business right in the heart of one of southern BC’s last remaining wild landscapes, threatening grizzly bears, wolverines, and wildlife of all kinds.

May 24 17

Canada proposes large marine protected area in BC
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) cautiously welcomes the announcement of a potential new large marine protected area off the West Coast of Vancouver Island. “Today, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) revealed an area of interest for a new marine protected area that covers 140,000 km2, making it the largest ever proposed marine protected area on BC’s coast,” said Sabine Jessen, CPAWS’ National Ocean Program Director.

Apr 12 17

BC’s new Boreal Caribou Plan is an improvement, but leaves questions unanswered
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC) welcomes the provincial government’s proposed Boreal Caribou Recovery Implementation Plan announced last week, but notes that without a strong commitment to stop the decline of all herds and their critical habitat, the plan’s goal of self-sustaining populations may not be achieved.

Mar 23 17

New campsites a welcome addition, but need long-term funding

Vancouver – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC) welcomes the B.C. Government’s announcement today about new campsites being built across the province, but cautions that without an accompanying long-term funding commitment to sustain this new infrastructure, it will only add to the existing burden of a system that is under-resourced and over-capacity.

“Additional campsites are something that’s been needed for a long time, but park facilities don’t take care of themselves,” says Jessie Corey, Terrestrial Conservation Manager for CPAWS-BC. “What the province has committed to is only enough funding to build the new campsites. We still need longer-term investments that would keep the current sites and these additional sites operational and maintained to the high standard that people expect from our parks.”

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