Biodiversity and Wildlife

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Wild Spaces 2020

From our mountains, to boreal forests and grasslands, Alberta has an amazing number of wild spaces that we cherish and take pride in. Unfortunately, many of these areas are not protected and are at risk of being lost.

In 2010, Canada committed to conserving at least “17% of terrestrial areas and inland waters” by 2020 through networks of protected areas and other conservation measures. This is known as Aichi Target 11 under the United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity. Progress in achieving this target has been glacial: from 2010 to 2016, Canada only added 1% to its protected areas network.

Why are protected places important?
Protected places create safe havens for forests, grasslands, wetlands and oceans to recover without disruption from poorly considered industrial, agricultural and residential development.

Protected areas also provide habitat for wildlife species like grizzlies, wolves, caribou and trout.Currently, 50% of Canada’s wildlife species are in decline.

Wild Spaces 2020 is AWA’s campaign to celebrate Alberta’s amazing wild spaces and a call to protect them for future generations to enjoy. Our campaign works in partnership with other organizations to ensure that Canada is not only held to this promise, but aims to exceed it by the 2020 deadline. Read more about Wild Spaces 2020

Media Releases & Op-eds

Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, Ecojustice give testimony on question of Frontier oilsands mine

FORT MCMURRAY – Expert witnesses for the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, also known as OSEC, gave testimony Monday at a Joint Panel Review hearing on the Frontier Oil Sands Mine, a project that, if built, would be one of the largest oil sands mines ever developed.

“We have serious concern about the long-term economic viability of this project, and whether any economic benefits from this project are acceptable for Canadians in exchange for the carbon emissions this one project alone represents,” said Nikki Way, a fossil fuels analyst at Pembina. Read more about Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, Ecojustice give testimony on question of Frontier oilsands mine

Call for Input

Call for Statements of Concern: Castle Mountain Resort expansion

Initiative: 
Castle Mountain Resort Future Development
Deadline: 
16 Nov 2018

Castle Mountain Resort is currently a winter ski and snowboard resort in the MD of Pincher Creek #9 on the NE 24-04-04 W5M, which is public land held under a license of occupation (DLO). Castle Mountain Resort Inc. is proposing to add summer activities, increase the winter activities and develop additional base area facilities to accommodate a larger number of visitors. Read more about Call for Statements of Concern: Castle Mountain Resort expansion

Media Releases & Op-eds

Plan Needed for Alberta’s Protected Areas

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The hike to Three Isle Lake. Photo: J. Skrajny
The hike to Three Isle Lake. Photo: J. Skrajny

Protecting 17 percent of Alberta’s wilderness by 2020, as part of international commitments under Aichi Target 11, is a commitment the province of Alberta made in 2010. To date, plans for how Alberta will meet the target have not been released. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) supports the government’s commitment and believes the protection of representative landscapes throughout the province is long overdue. Read more about Plan Needed for Alberta’s Protected Areas

Event

John E. Marriott: Tall Tales | Long Lenses

Oct 10 2018 - 7:00pm

John E. Marriott, one of Canada’s premier nature photographers, shares the remarkable stories behind his critically-acclaimed new book, which showcases two decades of unforgettable images of the animals that have inspired him to become an outspoken conservation advocate.

Doors 6:30 PM | Talk 7:00 PM

Tickets: $5

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Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
Event

2018 Edmonton Autumn Splendour

Oct 16 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Join AWA at the Royal Glenora Club to celebrate Alberta’s wild spaces; featuring a presentation about AWA’s Public Lands and Wild Spaces Campaign. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, grab a drink at our cash bar, participate in our silent auction and meet with AWA Staff, new friends and old!
Tickets: $50 members/$75 non-members

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Location

Royal Glenora Club
11160 River Valley Road NW
Edmonton , AB
Media Releases & Op-eds

More Than 21,000 Albertans Show Support for New Wildland Provincial Park

EDMONTON – To date, 21,781 letters and petition signatures have been delivered to the office of the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks, asking her to designate the Bighorn Backcountry as a Wildland Provincial Park.

The messages of support have been collected by Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Northern Alberta through the Love Your Headwaters Campaign, ongoing since early 2017. Read more about More Than 21,000 Albertans Show Support for New Wildland Provincial Park

Event

CPAWS Northern Alberta AGM

Sep 26 2018 - 6:00pm

CPAWS Northern Alberta is hosting its AGM. If you are a member or a supporter of the chapter, please join Staff and the Board of Directors for the evening to learn more about their activities over the last year, and their plans for the future!

The Event is FREE!
Please RSVP to Kecia Kerr at i[email protected] or call 780-328-3780. Read more about CPAWS Northern Alberta AGM

Location

Main Floor Meeting Room, CKUA Radio Building
9804 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

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