21 Results for biodiversity

Following, the 13th Conference of Parties of the Ramsar Convention (COP13), the members have called for wetland conservation to be embedded in the post-2020 biodiversity and sustainable development agendas. “Since 1970, 35 per cent of wetlands have been lost, three times the rate of forest loss, and 81 per cent…

November 08, 2018 @ 11:00am

Ecological surveys of biodiversity provide fundamental baseline information on species occurrence and the health of an ecosystem, but can require significant labour and taxonomic expertise to conduct. However, as the cost of high-throughput DNA sequencing has plummeted in recent years, DNA from environmental samples (eDNA) has emerged as a cost-effective…

September 06, 2018 @ 10:55am

A gap in Canadian regulations governing greywater disposal in the Arctic could lead to a significant increase in pollution in highly sensitive waters in the future if nothing is done, a new report commissioned by World Wildlife Fund Canada has found. The amount of untreated greywater dumped in Canadian Arctic waters…

August 16, 2018 @ 7:30am

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has announced the protection of 48 hectares (120 acres), including 2.5 kilometres of historic Rideau Waterway shoreline, on Whitefish Lake. A collection of towering granite ridges, rich forests and pristine shoreline, this piece of Whitefish Lake is at the heart of the Frontenac Arch,…

June 14, 2018 @ 12:00pm

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) added the Midland Painted Turtle to a growing list of species found to be at risk in the region between Toronto and Windsor, Canada's most species-rich biodiversity hotspot. Painted Turtles take about 10 years to mature, and lay small numbers…

May 16, 2018 @ 7:39am

Green Party leader Elizabeth May issued a press release regarding Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand's three reports that were tabled in Parliament yesterday. “These reports demonstrate failure in critical areas,” said May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). “Wild salmon populations remain endangered on both the Atlantic and Pacific…

April 25, 2018 @ 11:23am

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) has released a report examining the human footprint in the province, providing insights to human activity within watersheds and the changes to the province from human-made waterbodies, among other activities. The report, The Status of Human Footprint in Alberta, details the threats to biodiversity as a result…

February 08, 2018 @ 11:39am

New Brunswick’s Department of Environment and Local Government will accept applications for funding under the Environmental Trust Fund starting today, November 1st for the 2018–2019 fiscal year. “The projects from the Environmental Trust Fund encourage environmental initiatives that help build a better New Brunswick and fall in line with our…

November 01, 2017 @ 10:17am

A new tidal wetland in New Brighton Park in east Vancouver has been created to improve access to nature for park visitors, and provide habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife. The Vancouver Park Board and Port of Vancouver, in consultation with Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, have worked together…

September 22, 2017 @ 12:23pm

Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, were in Peterborough yesterday to announce a number of new investments in programs to combat invasive species on behalf of the Ontario government. New investments this year include: Support for the Invasive Species Centre's work to…

August 17, 2017 @ 10:37am

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service today announced that the agency will award $13 million to projects in seven states to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. The projects are being funded under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP). “These locally-led partnerships are instrumental in…

July 24, 2017 @ 12:43pm

The Federal and Provincial Governments of Canada have created a National Advisory Panel on Canada’s biodiversity conservation initiative, which will guide the protection of 17 per cent of the country’s land and freshwater. Canada is committed to conserve at least 17 per cent of our country's land and freshwater through…

June 08, 2017 @ 11:09am

Bolstering its fight against aquatic invasive species, the Alberta government has added two new inspection stations and 30 new boat inspectors. The two stations opened earlier this year at Canada Border Services Agency sites, part of precautionary efforts following the discovery of zebra mussel larvae in Montana late last year.…

May 15, 2017 @ 9:16am

As long as ecologists have studied temperate lakes, the winter has been their off-season. It’s difficult, even dangerous, to look under the ice, and they figured plants, animals and algae weren’t doing much in the dark and cold anyway. But an international team of 62 scientists—including researchers from the University…

January 17, 2017 @ 11:01am

The Government of Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to expanding its network of protected areas, including coastal and inland waters, to aide its 2020 biodiversity goals and has announced that it is seeking candidates for a National Advisory Panel on conservation and biodiversity. By 2020, the government of Canada intends to…

December 23, 2016 @ 10:27am

Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC) Dan Kraus has brought attention to the fact that the threat to Canada’s prairie grassland ecosystem should be of major concerns to Canadians. While Kraus’ primary concerns are for biodiversity, pressure on the ecosystem has the potential to cause problems in the region’s watersheds. According…

December 19, 2016 @ 12:57pm

In response to the passing of Protecting Alberta’s Environment Act on April 28 2014, the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluating, and Reporting Agency (AEMERA) has now been established in the province. In an effort to monitor and maintain environmental integrity within Alberta, AEMERA intends to promote the use of scientific methods…

May 26, 2014 @ 7:28am

The Province of Manitoba released a new Peatlands Stewardship Strategy on April 30, including Canada’s first stand-alone legislation on the subject. The legislation will ensure healthy, well-managed peatland ecosystems that provide important conservation benefits. [caption id="attachment_19205" align="alignright" width="300"] The peatlands strategy will include 22 interconnected initiatives. Credit: Boreal.[/caption] “Peatlands are…

May 12, 2014 @ 8:07am

New Brunswick's provincial government has released a long-term wetland management strategy (pdf) and will implement it in phases to allow for the implementation of operational, land use, financial considerations, and public education. "Our strategy is based on the comments received from stakeholders who have been involved in the engagement process…

February 14, 2012 @ 10:10am

The 2007 Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem (COA) has been extended to March 31, 2011. The agreement, signed in June 2007, was set to expire on March 31, 2010.The COA establishes an action plan and roles and responsibilities between federal and provincial ministries, and helps Canada to…

April 01, 2010 @ 9:22am

"The Ontario public needs and deserves to be confident that our environmental protection systems are actually doing the job - but there are clearly areas of weakness," stated Ontario's Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller as he released his 2007/08 Annual Report "Getting to K(no)w " at Queens's Park this week. The…

October 23, 2008 @ 8:28am