OTTAWA, April 27, 2017 /CNW/ - Conserving species at risk is integral to Canada's natural environment, and it supports our health and economy. The Government of Canada is committed to working with provinces, territories, Indigenous peoples, and other key stakeholders to manage and support the recovery of species at risk.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, hosted the Minister's Round Table on the Species at Risk Act to discuss key issues around implementing the Species at Risk Act. Participants included representatives from the newly established Species at Risk Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives from a broad range of perspectives from Indigenous representatives, environmental non-governmental organizations, industry, and agriculture.
Participants discussed their experiences with the Act and recognized the need to collaborate on multi-stakeholder, multispecies, and place-based approaches for the protection and recovery of species at risk. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change looks forward to continuing to work with all partners in conservation, as it is through these collaborative approaches that we can achieve a strong economy and healthy environment. The next Minister's Round Table meeting will take place in 2018.
"Canadians care greatly about protecting Canadian wildlife from coast to coast to coast. I am very proud that our government has reconvened the Species at Risk Advisory Committee, for the first time with the inclusion of Indigenous peoples. This incredibly talented and diverse group of experts will provide invaluable advice on how we can work together to continuously improve the implementation of the Species at Risk Act. This follows on a recent meeting with provincial and territorial counterparts who are key to protecting and recovering species at risk."
– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- The Government of Canada passed the Species at Risk Act in 2002 to provide a legal framework for wildlife-species management, protection, and recovery.
- The Species at Risk Advisory Committee is a multi-stakeholder advisory body, established under subsection 9(1) of the Species at Risk Act with a mandate to provide advice on the administration of the Act.
- Pursuant to Section 127 of the Species at Risk Act, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change must, at least once every two years, convene a round table of persons interested in matters respecting the protection of wildlife species at risk in Canada to advise the Minister on those matters.
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
For further information: Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 613-462-5473; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free)