CPAWS-NL Celebrates Signing of Memorandum of Understanding to complete a Feasibility Study for South Coast Fjords NMCA in Newfoundland and Labrador
CPAWS-NL Celebrates Signing of Feasibility Study for South Coast Fjords NMCA in Newfoundland and Labrador
June 23, 2023 – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter (CPAWS-NL) is thrilled to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to complete a feasibility study for the South Coast Fjords National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA), by the government of Canada and province of Newfoundland and Labrador, along with Miawpukek First Nation, Qalipu First Nation and the town of Burgeo. This significant milestone marks a momentous step towards the protection and preservation of one of the province’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders.
The South Coast fjords, with their rugged cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and vibrant marine ecosystems, are unparalleled in their beauty and ecological importance. The signing of this feasibility study demonstrates the government’s commitment to safeguarding these unique coastal treasures for future generations to enjoy.
Executive Director of CPAWS-NL, Tanya Edwards, expressed her joy at this pivotal development, stating, “We are elated that the government of Newfoundland and Labrador has taken this important step towards the creation of the South Coast Fjords NMCA. This region is an ecological gem and a source of immense pride for our province. By initiating this feasibility study, the government has shown its dedication to preserving our natural heritage and supporting sustainable tourism opportunities.”
The South Coast Fjords NMCA has long been a priority for conservation efforts in Newfoundland and Labrador. Its extraordinary biodiversity, including endangered species and sensitive marine habitats, necessitates robust conservation measures to ensure their long-term survival. CPAWS-NL has been working tirelessly alongside various stakeholders, Indigenous communities, and government agencies to advocate for the protection of this ecologically and culturally significant area for over two decades.
Suzanne Dooley, Conservation Director at CPAWS-NL, emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts, stating, “The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding to complete a feasibility study is the result of years of collaboration and hard work by numerous individuals and organizations. We are immensely grateful to our partners, including Indigenous communities, environmental organizations, and concerned citizens, for their unwavering support and dedication. Together, we will continue to advocate for the sustainable management and protection of the South Coast fjords, ensuring the preservation of this natural wonder for generations to come.”
CPAWS-NL looks forward to actively participating in the feasibility study and collaborating with governments, Indigenous communities, and stakeholders to develop a comprehensive conservation plan for the South Coast Fjords NMCA. The protection of this area will not only benefit wildlife and their habitats but also provide valuable opportunities for sustainable tourism, education, and research.