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May 27 16

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UNESCO World Heritage Committee renews call for Gros Morne buffer zone
OTTAWA -- CPAWS welcomes a UNESCO World Heritage Committee draft decision, released publicly today, reiterating a call for Canada to create a buffer zone around Gros Morne National Park to protect it from industrial threats. The recommendation will be voted on by the Committee at its annual meeting in Istanbul in July. UNESCO first recommended a buffer zone around the park two years ago.

May 11 16

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CPAWS welcomes boost in science staff for Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes today’s announcement that an additional 135 scientists will be hired by Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Mar 22 16

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CPAWS welcomes federal budget conservation funding
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society was pleased to see the increased funding allocated in today’s federal budget to help meet the government’s commitments to increasing national parks and marine protected areas.

Mar 10 16

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CPAWS welcomes US/Canada commitment to significantly expand land and ocean protection
OTTAWA, March 10, 2016 - CPAWS welcomes today’s re-affirmation by the US and Canada to their national goals of protecting at least 17% of land and 10% of marine areas by 2020. We are particularly pleased that both governments have recognized these targets are just a first step towards what’s needed to conserve healthy ecosystems, and have committed to substantially surpass these goals in the coming years. In addition, we are pleased to see the commitment to an ambitious new conservation goal for the Arctic this year based on science and Indigenous knowledge, and to leading the development of a pan-Arctic marine protected areas network.

Feb 16 16

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CPAWS Announces New National Ocean Spatial Analysis Manager
Vancouver, B.C. - The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is pleased to welcome marine conservation biologist Dr. Stephen Ban as its new National Ocean Spatial Analysis Manager. Stephen’s extensive background in biology and marine science, as well as his 15+ years of experience in geographic information systems and spatial analysis will be a great asset to the CPAWS ocean conservation team.

Feb 10 16

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Statement re: Federal Court decision on Maligne Lake legal challenge
EDMONTON – Conservation groups remain hopeful that a concept proposal for overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park will be stopped after a Federal Court ruling confirmed that proposals violating park management plans cannot be approved.

Feb 05 16

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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.

Jan 26 16

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Biodiversity - Quebec on its way to miss international targets
Montreal, January 26th, 2016 – Nature Quebec and CPAWS Quebec (SNAP Quebec) unveil today the first assessment of Quebec’s actions to protect biodiversity, in presence of Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Dec 14 15

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Canada’s boreal woodland caribou at continued risk
Ottawa – In its third annual review of government action to conserve Canada's boreal caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds there has been spotted progress – with too few of jurisdictions showing significant leadership in protecting the species that long graced our 25-cent piece.

Nov 27 15

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Two new protected areas and important conservation target announcement with protected areas strategy
Winnipeg –The province of Manitoba today released its Protected Areas Strategy outlining priority regions within which protections from industrial development will be sought. Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s (CPAWS) Manitoba Chapter, who spoke at the Nov. 26 press event, was pleased to contribute to the development of the strategy, which targets the protection of 17% of the landscape of Manitoba by 2020. This level of protection is on par with the national targets committed to by Canada through the United Nations Declaration on Biodiversity in 2010 .

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