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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 30 16

CPAWS welcomes opportunity to improve protection of Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is concerned about the weak protection measures that have been proposed for the Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area. The draft regulations allow activities like bottom trawling, long-lining and industrial shipping to continue within the proposed marine protected area, which continues to put marine wildlife at risk.

Dec 21 16

CPAWS welcomes joint Canada-USA commitment to protect the Arctic
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) today welcomed the announcement that all Arctic Canadian waters will be designated off limits for future oil and gas licensing, indefinitely, along with a number of other new commitments to ensuring the long term protection of sensitive Arctic ecosystems. “We are pleased to see the government of Canada take these first critical steps to ensure that our Arctic ecosystems are well protected in light of the uncertain future that climate change brings,” noted Sabine Jessen, CPAWS’ National Ocean Program Director.

Dec 03 16

Conservationists welcome progress on MPAs but remain concerned about protection of Scott Islands.
he Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has mixed feelings about today’s announcement that Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area (mNWA) in British Columbia, will be Canada’s next marine protected area (MPA). “We are pleased to see the new government move Canada closer to its international commitment to protect 10% of our ocean by 2020, but it’s important that quality isn’t sacrificed for quantity,” said Sabine Jessen, CPAWS’ National Oceans Program Director.

Dec 02 16

A better future for our provincial parks

December 2, 2016 - VANCOUVER –The province has just announced a new plan for the future of our provincial park system, called BC Parks Future Strategy – read the strategy here: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/future/docs/BC-Parks-Future-Strategy.pdf

The announcement of this strategy is the first real acknowledgement from the B.C. government in nearly two decades that our parks system is in trouble and in desperate need of increased capacity and funding. While the new strategy is promising and certainly a step in the right direction, we are still waiting for to the government to announce specifics that will fill in some of the many missing details in the plan. Without these details, it is unclear how this plan will change the current trajectory our parks system is currently following.


Nov 30 16

CPAWS-BC Statement of support for the Ktunaxa Nation’s Qat’muk Declaration
We celebrate the Ktunaxa Nation’s commitment over many years to protect Qat’muk and wish them all the best as they head to court this week. Let’s hope that the long struggle will soon be over and that Qat’muk will be preserved for many generations to come.

Sep 13 16

BC’s Glass Sponge Reefs Announced as Mission Blue Hope Spot
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is celebrating the recent designation of the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs as a Mission Blue Hope Spot. Hope Spots are described by Mission Blue as “special places that are critical to the health of the ocean” and are particularly deserving of protection. The reefs were one of just 14 sites around the world chosen for this special recognition.

Jul 11 16

CPAWS sounds alarm over Parks Canada’s shift away from nature conservation in our national parks

OTTAWA – In its latest annual report released in advance of Canada Parks Day, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling on Parks Canada to re-focus on its legal obligation to protect nature as the first priority for managing our national parks, and to immediately stop development in Banff and Jasper National Parks.

In recent years, CPAWS has observed a major shift in how Parks Canada is managing our national parks, moving away from its priority mandate of nature conservation, and towards a greater focus on tourism and marketing, increasing visitation, and revenue generation. This shift in priorities has resulted in developments being approved behind closed doors, with inadequate regard for how they impact on parks’ ecological integrity or for public input, and financial decisions being made that undermine the Agency’s conservation and science capacity.


Jun 08 16

New website brings glass sponge reefs to the surface
On this World Oceans Day, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is pleased to announce the launch of its Sea of Glass website, the latest component in a campaign to protect BC’s ancient and unique glass sponge reefs.

Jun 01 16

North America is failing to make a splash on ocean conservation
In the first joint conservation assessment of progress on marine protected areas (MPAs) in North America, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the Marine Conservation Institute (MCI) finds Canada and the USA have a long way to go to collectively and individually reach international and national targets to protect at least 10% of the continental ocean estate.

May 30 16

Province Confirms Massive Local Support for National Park in South Okanagan
The B.C. Ministry of Environment recently released a report confirming strong support for additional protection in the South Okanagan-Similkameen, including the creation of a new national park reserve. The report summarizes 3,460 responses to a proposal for new protected areas in the region, circulated between August and October 2015. The South Okanagan – Similkameen National Park Network (SOSNPN) gathered over 500 of these responses, including at local events such as Oliver’s Festival of the Grape.

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