Will Newfoundland and Labrador declare more protected areas in 2018?

By John Jacobs, CPAWS-NL (Republished from the CPAWS-NL Newsletter, Winter 2018) Butterpot Provincial Park (Photo by John Jacobs). Canada and the territorial and provincial governments are committed under the Convention on Biological Diversity to expand protected areas within their jurisdictions to at least 17% of their total land and inland waters and 10% of marine areas by 2020. Progress toward these targets is being made at the federal level, through creation of new national parks and marine protected areas, and by some provinces. Despite calls from citizens and conservation groups, our provincial government has not released its own long-promised protected areas plan. At our annual general meeting in April, 2017, CPAWS-NL passed the following resolution: Stressing the vital importance of our wildlife and wilderness to the health and well-being of the people of this province, CPAWS-NL reminds Government of our national and international obligations to provide greater amounts of terrestrial…

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