AMHERST, NS, March 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Scott Armstrong, Member of
Parliament for Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent,
today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program
for a new environmental project in the Maritimes. Ducks Unlimited
Canada will receive $25,000 in federal funding to support local action
to protect water quality, wildlife and natural habitat.
"I am pleased that the Government of Canada is providing support to this
Ducks Unlimited wetland program taking place in the Maritimes," said
M.P. Armstrong. "We know that wetlands play a significant role in the
ecological diversity of our land. The Atlantic Wetland Care Program
will encourage and equip landowners to help to protect and conserve
this important part of our ecosystem."
"Our government is taking real action to address the environmental
priorities of Canadians and ensure we have clean air, clean water, and
biologically diverse land for generations to come," said Minister Kent.
"EcoAction Community Funding supports community groups across the
country willing to take concrete action through on-the-ground
environmental projects. We are proud to partner with these
organizations that are committed to conserving Canada's natural
The Atlantic Wetland Care Program's goal is to target 1,800 landowners
in the Maritimes and encourage 25 of them to protect essential wetland
habitat. This will improve water resources and waterfowl and associated
wetland species' survival, and foster a stewardship ethic among private
landowners. The program will also offer educational opportunities for
private landowners such as "Caring for Your Wetland" workshops and
other user-friendly educational resources.
"We are pleased to receive this contribution and look forward to working
on this project to protect wetland habitat. In New Brunswick and Nova
Scotia, the protection of wetlands is a unique challenge because much
of our land is privately owned. It is essential that we work with
individual landowners as they play a vital role in the management of
wetland habitats," said Jodie Hambrook, Ducks Unlimited.
The EcoAction Community Funding Program supports projects that
rehabilitate, protect or enhance the natural environment, and builds
the capacity of communities and individuals to ensure future
protection. This year, the Government of Canada is providing over $4
million for over 100 new projects under this Program.
More information about the EcoAction Community Funding Program is
available on Environment Canada's website, at http://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction.
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Media Relations
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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