CPAWS: Threats Outpace Caribou Conservation

CPAWS: Threats Outpace Caribou Conservation

Postby Oscar » Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:22 pm

Canada’s governments lagging on caribou conservation: CPAWS’ Annual Review

[ http://cpaws.org/news/threats-outpacing ... ual-review ]

VIEW REPORT: Looking For Action: Caribou Losing Ground - December 2014

[ http://cpaws.org/uploads/CPAWS_Caribou_Report_2014.pdf ]

Ottawa – In its second annual review of governments' efforts to conserve Canada's boreal caribou, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that threats from industrial development to this species have continued to increase while conservation and restoration efforts have shown little progress across the country.

CPAWS’ findings are reinforced by news from the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) just days ago. The committee forecasts a greater than 30% decline of Canada’s boreal caribou population in the near term because “much of its habitat has been degraded … especially in the southern part of its range”.

“It’s been another year of too slow progress while the health of Canada’s boreal caribou continues to decline. Despite scientific information about the negative impact of industrial activity on caribou and the importance of planning for conservation before approving new developments, on the ground it appears to be largely business as usual,” says CPAWS National Executive Director Eric Hebert-Daly.

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Caribou continue to be at risk in Canada, report says

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Industrial development a growing threat to caribou habitat, report warns

By Susan Lunn, CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2014 5:00 AM ET| Last Updated: Dec 16, 2014 5:00 AM ET

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QUOTE: "The report points to increased natural gas development in British Columbia, new oil and gas leases in Alberta and a new mine in a Manitoba provincial park."

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Resource development is outpacing provincial efforts to protect the habitat of the threatened woodland caribou.

That's the warning found in a report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society being released today.

In an embargoed copy obtained by CBC, the CPAWS report shows there's been a lot of resource development since 2012, when the federal government ordered the provinces to come up with a plan to conserve caribou habitat by 2017.

The report points to increased natural gas development in British Columbia, new oil and gas leases in Alberta and a new mine in a Manitoba provincial park.

"Unfortunately conservation isn't keeping up with development, so the habitat of the caribou continues to be very much at risk pretty much everywhere across the country," said Eric Hebert-Daly, the group's national executive director.

The annual status report on the caribou, which ranks the provinces and their plans for recovery strategies for the caribou, puts Alberta at the bottom of the list.

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