OTTAWA, March 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wildlife Federation says some elements of the federal budget at first take seem agreeable, while others raise concerns. The Federation will continue to closely monitor and analyze yesterday's federal budget as more information and details become available.
Upon initial review, the government's re-investment into Species At Risk Act and water quality appears positive. But it is crucial to understand how and where federal cuts will be made and how they will affect programs.
"CWF has worked with government over the past 50 years to establish many of the foundations of our current approach to conservation," says Rick Bates, CWF Executive Director. "We have reviewed the federal budget and see some areas of concern. We understand the need for fiscal responsibility, but staff cuts should maintain the scientific capacity to allow good decisions for development and conservation."
While not in the budget document, CWF remains concerned about the possible weakening of regulations to protect fish and fish habitat. CWF looks forward to discussions with the federal government to find an approach to fish habitat protection which provides clarity and efficiency to industry while maintaining strong conservation outcomes for fish and fish habitat.
CWF is also concerned over potential weakening of the environmental assessment process. It is important that project reviews be done in a timely fashion, but also important that this be done in a way that continues to provide clear protection to the environment.
"Renewable resources provide Canadians with many of the basic elements that we need to live a healthy life — clean air, water, food and opportunities for recreation. The same systems that provide these benefits also provide the foundation for much of our economy. It is critical that we carefully examine any changes that may affect these resources." says Bates.
Today, with more than 300,000 members, CWF is Canada's largest conservation organization with projects across Canada. CWF will remain vigilant; closely monitoring new details as they emerge and looks forward to government consulting with NGO's to make the best informed decisions to benefit all Canadians.
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:
This year the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is commemorating 50 years of conserving and protecting Canadian wildlife and its habitat. Formed in 1962, its unique combination of action, engagement and trusted environmental education has been at the forefront of Canadian conservation ever since.
CWF is a national non-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.
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