The Far North Act, 2009

An Act With Respect To Land Use Planning and Protection in the Far North On June 2, 2009, Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield introduced proposed legislation that would permanently protect at least half of the Far North of Ontario in a network of conservation lands and allow for sustainable development of the region’s natural resources. The proposed Far North Act, 2009 would enable a community-based land use planning process that gives First Nations in the Far North a leadership role in determining areas to be protected. Community-based planning would also identify where sustainable development of natural resources such as forests, minerals and renewable energy may take place. Under the planning process, sustainable development must benefit local First Nations and take into consideration ecological and cultural values. To support community-based land use planning, the proposed legislation will ensure the creation of a Far North Land Use Strategy that includes mapping of ecological and cultural values, and policy statements on matters of provincial interest. By protecting at least 225,000 square kilometres – an area three times the size of Lake Superior – the proposed legislation would safeguard habitat for more than 200 sensitive species. Protecting such a vast area would also ensure the boreal landscape continues to fight the effects of global climate change by maintaining its capacity to absorb and store carbon from the air. During the summer, the Ministry of Natural Resources will be conducting outreach sessions on the proposed legislation across the Far North.  Read more...
La Giganta y Guadalupe

La Giganta y Guadalupe

iLCP photographer Miguel Angel de la Cueva just finished his explorations of Baja California’s must rugged and pristine mountain ranges Sierras La Giganta y Guadalupe along with one of Mexico’s most accomplished ecologist Exequiel Ezcurra and Western States Award Winner author Bruce Berger, for 13 months they unveiled relic forests and exuberant oases hidden in remote mountain tops and canyons, the inaccessibility of this places kept this ecosystems pristine , out of reach from cattle, loggers ,copper mining projects and even unregulated tourism, the purpose of this project is to create a book that will promote the conservation of this 650,000 acres natural area. This survey required complex logistics and mule rides sometimes up to 4 weeks long surveying volcanic peaks in the 5000 to 7000 feet range and canyons up to 2000 feet deep, the photographs and writings are being used now by Niparaja NGO , the Northwest Center for Biological Research CIBNOR and CONANP (Mexico’s National Commission for Natural Protected Areas) in public, government forums and meetings to enforce the creation of a new Biosphere Reserve. Among the biodiversity that this mountain ranges hold there’s a sub species of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis weemsi) which is listed as highly endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an endemic subspecies of poplar tree named Güeribo and a parasite purple spike orchid , its cultural heritage includes 7.500 + year old cave paintings sites and relic ranch culture. This is the first time this sky islands are photographed and brought to light, Baja California and its famous coastline have been under a huge amount of...
Ms. Maggies Earth Adventures

Ms. Maggies Earth Adventures

Ms. Maggie’s Earth Adventures creates online, environmentally focused learning materials for school-aged learners.   The stories and activities that comprise each unit in Maggie’s Earth Adventures are presented to introduce students to actual environmental issues and to motivate students to delve deeper into the issues presented. In the Fall of 2010, Ms. Maggie’s featured two lessons focused on Nature Needs Half — language arts/science activities and math activities tailored to different levels of learners.  The materials are distributed to a network of over 20,000 teachers in both English and Spanish (approx 1,000 of those teachers primarily use the Spanish materials). In the language arts/science activity students read an article about the importance of green space in metropolitan areas, highlighting Nature Needs Half. Follow-up activities include questions designed to scaffold learning to further develop content area comprehension skills. The activity is available on the primary and intermediate levels. A companion emergent level activity is also available. The WAP correlates with Content Standard F, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives of the National Science Standards. In the match activity, students are asked to think like a city planner, and put their math skills to the test of figuring out how to improve our “Green Lungs” and harmonize the space for people, forests, wildlife, and water based on Nature Needs Half.  This activity is available on the primary and intermediate levels. Here is a brief excerpt from the language arts lesson: “Everyone needs clean water and food from the land. Too often we forget that nature is really the source of all life. What we get from the store or tap is only...
Conservation Beyond Crisis Management: A Conservation-Matrix Model

Conservation Beyond Crisis Management: A Conservation-Matrix Model

In many regions of the world, failure to plan effectively for conservation of biological diversity has led to irretrievable losses of ecosystem structure and function or, at least, a need for expensive and risky restoration efforts. In relatively intact systems, planning pro-actively for biological conservation requires a systems approach that integrates the fields of conservation biology and resource management. We evaluate current conservation paradigms and describe an alternative, Conservation-matrix model for regional conservation that exploits the strengths of systematic conservation planning and adaptive resource management. We explore application of this model for boreal regions of Canada, where opportunities for large-scale conservation are virtually unparalleled.  Continue reading > F.K.A. Schmiegelow1, S.G. Cumming2, S. Harrison1, S. Leroux1, K. Lisgo1, R. Noss3, and B. Olsen1 1Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Canada, T6G 2H1 2Boreal Ecosystems Research Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6H 2W1 3Department of Biology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA...
Connecting Biodiversity and Climate Change

Connecting Biodiversity and Climate Change

The Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat has produced a number of documents about biodiversity and climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) deliberations. These and other recent publications by the CBD are available  for download, including a summary of CBD events at UNFCCC COP15. See the publications by the Convention on Biological Diversity...
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