Newfoundland and Labrador Parks and Protected Areas Forum
Our province was once a leader in the conservation of wilderness and special natural areas and in programs of education about nature and wildlife. We now rank 11th among Canada’s provinces and territories in percentage of land and freshwater that is protected from development. Our parks and protected natural areas - and the people and programs that maintain and support them – are essential to the conservation of our natural environment and therefore to our future.
Past reductions in provincial staff and program funding have meant a loss of expertise and experience in biodiversity and wildlife management. This has occurred at a time of increased industrial development, changing climate, and, globally, the greatest extinction of species in human history. More than ever, we need these programs.
To address these issues, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Nature Newfoundland and Labrador (Nature NL) will hold a public forum on our Provincial Parks and Protected Natural Areas, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium, Pippy Park, St. John’s.
The forum will consider the current state of our system of provincial parks, wilderness areas, and ecological reserves, and provide an opportunity to discuss what we want and expect for these and other special inland and marine spaces.
The forum will open with an address by the Minister of Environment and Conservation, the Hon. Dan Crummell. Representatives of the Parks and Natural Areas Division will provide an update of the status of the province’s parks and other protected areas. Other speakers include CPAWS National Director for Parks Programs, Alison Woodley, and Nature NL Vice-President, Douglas Ballam.
The afternoon session will include panel discussions on terrestrial and marine protected areas and the role of the public in their creation and stewardship, with a number of conservationists, scientists, and parks and wilderness users contributing. Registration information is available at: http://cpawsnl.org/news/dont-forget-to-register-for-the-protected-areas-forum-on-may-13th-2015
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May 7, 2015