OTTAWA, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI)
congratulates the Government of Manitoba on commitments to work with
First Nations, northern communities and stakeholders to conserve and
sustainably develop the province's boreal region.
The Province's boreal commitments are a central platform of Manitoba's
new Green Plan, unveiled in Winnipeg today by Premier Greg Selinger and
Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Macintosh.
"We applaud Manitoba's recognition that its Boreal commitments here can
only proceed through Aboriginal partnerships and engagement," said
Shaunna Morgan, Regional Director of CBI. "We look forward to
supporting this important work."
The proposed Green Plan also includes commitments to continue to advance
the proposed UNESCO Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site, to innovative
forest management, to create 15 more protected areas, a woodland
caribou conservation strategy and to advancing a provincial peatlands
"Manitoba is showing real leadership to wisely steward its boreal
forests which are part of the most intact forested area in the world,"
said CBI's Executive Director Alan Young. "As Manitoba heads to the
global meeting on sustainable development in Rio, it's important to
note that Canada's boreal has carbon reserves twice that of tropical
rainforests, so its role to buffer climate change is very real."
Manitoba's boreal region covers nearly 600,000 square kilometres.
Canada's boreal region contains one-quarter of the world's remaining
original forests and huge expanses of wetlands. It is home to a vast
array of wildlife, including migratory songbirds, waterfowl, bears, and
caribou. The region's natural wealth sustains hundreds of First Nations
and supports thousands of jobs.
The Canadian Boreal Initiative is an initiative of the Pew Environment
Group and Ducks Unlimited Canada. It brings together diverse partners
to create new solutions for Boreal conservation and sustainable
development. It acts as a catalyst for on-the-ground efforts across the
Boreal Forest region by governments, industry, Aboriginal communities,
conservation groups, major retailers, financial institutions and
SOURCE Canadian Boreal Initiative
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