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CPAWS Statement Regarding Proposed Changes to Canada’s Environment Laws


April 17th,2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa--As Canada’s only national organization solely dedicated to protecting our country’s public land and water, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) will be carefully assessing today’s announcement today by Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver about changes to the process for reviewing environmental projects.

“We believe Canada must have strong environmental laws to protect our country’s species and healthy, fully functioning ecosystems. Environmental laws should be based on application of precautionary principles informed by conservation science, in order to maximize species’ chances of survival,” says CPAWS National Executive Director Éric Hébert-Daly.

In February, CPAWS signed on to a set of key principles for Canada’s environmental laws. The principles include that environmental assessment laws should adopt sustainability as the core objective, meaningfully involve Aboriginal governments as decision makers, strengthen public participation, and ensure transparency and access to information, among others.

“CPAWS will be reviewing today’s federal announcement in more detail, to assess what impact it may have for the health and well-being of our irreplaceable natural heritage. Canada is home to the world’s largest remaining stretches of intact forests, and has the most coastal waters of any country in the world. Just 10% of our lands and less than 1% of our waters are permanently protected. As global wilderness stewards, our environmental laws are critical so that we can conserve our ecosystems,” adds Hébert-Daly.

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For interviews please contact Holly Postlethwaite, National Public Relations Coordinator at holly@cpaws.org or 613-569-7226