VANCOUVER, Aug. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary
to the Environment Minister and Member of Parliament for Oshawa, on
behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
today announced $11.5 million in funding from the Habitat Stewardship
Program (HSP) that will fund more than 160 projects across Canada that
will help protect species at risk.
Stewardship is an important step in protecting critical habitat of
species at risk. HSP fosters stewardship measures like land and
resource use practices that maintain habitat necessary for the survival
and recovery of species at risk, enhance existing conservation
activities and encourage new ones. Voluntary activities are clearly
making a difference in habitat protection, the recovery of species, and
the conservation of biodiversity.
One example of an initiative that the HSP will fund this year is a
project led by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation. Their
project aims to address the degradation of Coastal Sand Ecosystems on
British Columbia's Southern Coast by mitigating threats due to habitat
destruction, invasive plants and human recreational activities.
Conservation activities will take place in Boundary Bay, Iona Beach,
Thormanby Islands and Savary Island all within the Coastal Douglas Fir
and the Lower Fraser Valley areas.
The HSP is also providing funding to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine
Science Centre for their important work that focusses on habitat
protection for cetacean and sea turtles species at risk and reducing
threats such as physical disturbances, entanglements, and ship strikes.
In support of such stewardship activities, the National Conservation
Plan, announced by Prime Minister Harper in May, includes funding of
$50 million over five years to support voluntary actions to restore and
conserve species and their habitats. Programs like HSP are an important
part of the Government of Canada's National Conservation Plan to
conserve and restore our lands and waters, and connect Canadian
families to our natural spaces.
Since 2006, under the Habitat Stewardship Program, we have invested over
$86 million to support 1,467 local conservation projects, benefitting
the habitat of 431 species at risk. Activities funded by the Program
must take place on private, provincial Crown, or Aboriginal land, or in
freshwater or marine environments across Canada.
Non-governmental organizations, Aboriginal organizations and
communities, individuals, businesses, community associations, and
provincial/territorial and municipal governments are eligible for
"Our Government is proud to support the environmental efforts of local
communities through the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at
Risk. With this investment and the recently announced National
Conservation Plan, the Government is building a stronger Canada, a
country that cares about conserving its natural heritage and a country
where we can all enjoy the beauty of nature from coast to coast to
- Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa and Parliamentary
Secretary to Canada's Environment Minister
For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement,
please visit the Web site of Environment Canada.
More information on the Species at Risk Act and the Habitat Stewardship Program is available online.
Canadians can also learn more about the National Conservation Plan.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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