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CPAWS Nova Scotia welcomes decision to designate St. Anns Bank as a marine protected area
HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomed today’s announcement by the federal government that it will designate St. Anns Bank as a marine protected area.
“We are very pleased to see the government of Canada make this announcement. With the high standards of protection proposed for St. Anns Bank, this marine protected area will make an important contribution to Canada’s target of protecting 10% of our ocean by 2020” said Sabine Jessen, CPAWS’ National Ocean Program Director.
St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area is located off the coast of Cape Breton near Scatarie Island. It will be 4,364 km2 in size and is an important location for leatherback sea turtles, as well as deep-sea corals and sponges. It also contains biologically productive areas, as well as representative marine ecosystems typical of shelf, slope, and channel habitats.
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.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park no longer threatened by “Mother Canada” project
OTTAWA - CPAWS welcomes today’s decision by the federal government to reject the proposed seven- storey “Mother Canada” statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This is an important step in implementing the government’s election commitment to limit development in our National Parks.
Nova Scotia makes significant progress creating new protected areas
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Nova Scotia government that it has created 65 new parks and protected areas.
“This is a significant day for conservation”, says Chris Miller, National Conservation Biologist for CPAWS. “As a Nova Scotian, I’m very pleased that these amazing wilderness areas will be protected for future generations.”
CPAWS national report shows Nova Scotia making ‘reasonably good progress’ with protected areas
HALIFAX – In its latest annual report released in advance of Canada Parks Day, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling Canada out for falling behind most other countries in protecting its land and fresh water. CPAWS’ 2015 report, Protecting Canada: Is it in our nature? assesses whether our governments are on track to meet their collective international commitment to protect at least 17% of our land and fresh water by 2020, and to improve the quality of our protected areas.
“Based on our assessment of progress since Canada endorsed the UN Convention on Biological Diversity 10-year plan in 2010, it would take us 50 years from today, not five, to meet our commitment to protect at least 17% of our land and fresh water. And 17% is only the next step we need to take towards protecting at least half to ensure Canada continues to have healthy, functioning ecosystems,” says Alison Woodley, national director of CPAWS’ parks program.
Nova Scotia is making reasonably good progress creating new protected areas. In 2013, the province committed to protecting an additional quarter million hectares of land for conservation and the province has been taking steps to turn this plan into action. When the plan is fully implemented, about 14% of Nova Scotia’s landmass will be protected.
CPAWS welcomes commitment for FSC certification on all public lands in western Nova Scotia
(HALIFAX) – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes the statement from the Minister of Natural Resources that the Nova Scotia government will attain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification on all public lands in western Nova Scotia.
“This is an important commitment”, says Chris Miller, National Conservation Biologist for CPAWS. “FSC is the gold-standard for forestry certification systems and requires a high level of rigour and environmental performance to achieve.”
CPAWS welcomes four new protected wilderness areas in Cape Breton
HALIFAX – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Nova Scotia government that it has created four new protected wilderness areas in Cape Breton.
“Cape Breton is home to some absolutely stunning natural landscapes,” says Chris Miller, National Conservation Biologist for CPAWS. “It’s fantastic that more of this natural diversity will be conserved for future generations with the creation of these new protected wilderness areas.”
CPAWS-NS statement regarding proposed Mother Canada statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park
The Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-NS) is deeply concerned about the proposal to build the Mother Canada statue inside Cape Breton Highlands National Park, as well as the unusual process that Parks Canada seems to be using for this project. The national park is an inappropriate site for the proposed Never Forgotten National Memorial and the site selection process has been flawed by lack of genuine and proper public consultation. The specific site seems to have been announced before the public had the opportunity to comment. The proposed memorial does not suit the site.
CPAWS welcomes land protection at Brigadoon
AYLESFORD LAKE – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement by the Nova Scotia government that it has purchased lands on Aylesford Lake adjacent to Brigadoon Village.
Brigadoon is a non-profit recreational facility that delivers camp programming to children, youth, and families living with chronic illness, chronic conditions, or special need across Atlantic Canada.
“This is really great news,” says Chris Miller, National Conservation Biologist for CPAWS. “The Nova Scotia government is to be congratulated for purchasing and protecting these lands, and ensuring that the wonderful kids at Brigadoon will always have a wilderness playground nearby to explore, enjoy, and just have fun.”
An excellent year for conservation in Nova Scotia
This has been an impressive year for conservation in Nova Scotia. Lots of new protected areas have been established and some of the most ecologically significant areas remaining in the province have been conserved.
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