Nature-based solutions are quickly becoming a larger part of the conversation about fighting the climate crisis and they have tremendous potential to help us limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
As of this month, the province of Manitoba has received over 21,000 petitions and letters collected in the province that call for stronger efforts to protect and recover threatened boreal woodland caribou. The correspondences, facilitated by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), were delivered in advance of yesterday’s federal deadline for provinces and territories to outline recovery actions for woodland caribou ranges.
An alliance of two First Nations and two conservation organizations are hoping Manitobans will weigh-in on a proposal to protect eight islands on Lake Winnipegosis from developments. The provincial government is presently asking Manitobans how they feel about establishing the Grand and Goose Islands complex as provincial parks. March 24th is the deadline for public comments.
With a provincial election on the horizon, the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has today released an all-party questionnaire to help inform voters of party positions on issues related to the future of the vast Boreal region of Manitoba. The questions were developed with input from CPAWS members. Hundreds of Manitobans have signed online in support of the request for public responses to the questions from all parties.
On Monday, CPAWS joined members of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) and Premier Selinger for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding land use planning focused on conservation and resource management of NCN’s 22,000 square kilometer resource management area within the boreal forest of Manitoba. CPAWS has been supporting NCN’s present land use planning with funding and expertise since January 2014.
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 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 .
After announcing new support for Indigenous land use planning in their November 16 throne speech, Premier Selinger has today spoken at a press conference about the initiative. He was joined by Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Indigenous leaders from across the province who all spoke.