OTTAWA, June 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Minister Aglukkaq marked the
beginning of Canadian Environment Week 2014 by inviting Canadians to
reflect on the importance of protecting and preserving their rich,
Canadian Environment Week is observed annually during the first full
week of June, and is a time to celebrate the achievements and hard work
of all Canadians who are taking action every day to improve our
environment at home, at work and in our communities.
A number of important activities and events are held throughout and
around the week such as the Commuter Challenge, Clean Air Day on June
4, World Environment Day on June 5 and World Oceans Day on June 8.
Through its recent announcements of a National Conservation Plan (NCP)
and the 2013-2016 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, the
Government of Canada is committed to protecting the environment and
ensuring that Canada's ecosystems are part of healthy, connected and
sustainably managed landscapes.
The NCP will provide a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts
across the country with an emphasis on enabling Canadians to conserve
and restore lands and waters in and around their communities, and
making it easier for citizens living in cities to connect with nature.
The NCP includes significant new investments over five years to secure
ecologically sensitive lands, support voluntary conservation and
restoration actions, and strengthen marine and coastal conservation. In
addition, it will contain new initiatives designed to restore wetlands
and to encourage Canadians to connect with nature close to home through
protected areas and green spaces located in or near urban areas.
Since 2006, the federal government has taken significant action to
protect Canada's natural areas. In addition to adding an area nearly
twice the size of Vancouver Island to the network of federal protected
areas (including work to create the first National Urban Park), and
designating three additional Marine Protected Areas (totaling an area
of 7,837 km2), we have secured more than 4,000 km² of ecologically sensitive private
The Government has also supported partners in the delivery of hundreds
of local projects to protect species at risk and their habitats,
improved water quality in the Great Lakes, Lake Simcoe, and Lake
Winnipeg, rehabilitated recreational fisheries habitat, and cleaned up
"We all have a role to play when it comes to protecting the environment.
Through the NCP, our Government is taking tangible cooperative actions
to help conserve and restore our lands and waters and connect Canadians
with their environment. The NCP will enable Canadians actively
participate in conservation and restoration while enhancing the
connections between people and nature. I encourage all Canadians to use
this week as an opportunity to get outside and do their part to
conserve and enjoy the environment."
- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister
of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for
the Arctic Council
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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