Wilderness & Parks

Media Release

Caribou Struggling in Alberta

CPAWS Northern Alberta Releases First of Three Reports Looking at Conservation Measures for Alberta's Herds

EDMONTON – Today, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Northern Alberta chapter publicly releases the first of three reports illustrating on-the-ground status of and threats to Alberta's boreal woodland caribou.

The reports are the first of their kind in Alberta – the first publicly available, science-based assessment that illustrates where in Alberta's boreal forest conservation efforts, legislated protection, and immediate forest restoration need to occur in order to bring Alberta's caribou back from the brink. Read more about Caribou Struggling in Alberta

Event

POSTPONED: UNESCO World Heritage Committee NGO Roundtable: Wood Buffalo National Park

Jun 3 2016 - 9:00pm to 11:30pm

POSTPONED:

…Parks Canada has sent an official request to the World Heritage Centre to postpone the reactive monitoring mission to Wood Buffalo National Park in light of the severe impacts of the Fort McMurray fire and the ongoing state of emergency across the region.  This decision was informed by consultations with a number of different partners involved in the mission, including the Mikisew Cree First Nation and the Government of Alberta. As we considered the appropriate timing for this mission, we were concerned that we might pose an additional burden on some of the communities that have accepted evacuees if we were to proceed with the May 26-June 4 dates. 

From: Ashley Campbell, Heritage Designations and Programs, Parks Canada

As you may be aware, the Mikisew Cree First Nation filed a petition to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in December 2014 to request that Wood Buffalo National Park be added to the List of World Heritage in Danger. The petition identified a number of concerns related to the impacts of current and planned hydroelectric dams, oil sands development, and climate change on the ecology and hydrology of the Peace-Athabasca Delta. 

In response, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee requested the Government of Canada to invite experts from the World Heritage Centre (WHC) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to conduct a reactive monitoring mission to Wood Buffalo National Park. Parks Canada is responsible for organizing this mission. Mr. Tilman Jaeger will represent the WHC and Dr. Stephen Davis will represent the IUCN.

The experts will have an opportunity to travel to Fort Smith (May 26 to 29), Fort Chipewyan (May 29 to June 2), Fort McMurray (June 2 to 3) and Edmonton (June 3 to 4) and meet with a wide range of Indigenous Peoples, federal/provincial/territorial officials, industry representatives, NGOs, and other stakeholders.

Read more about POSTPONED: UNESCO World Heritage Committee NGO Roundtable: Wood Buffalo National Park

Location

Holiday Inn Express
10010 104 Street NW
Edmonton , AB
Event

Film Screening — Wildways: Corridors of Life

Jun 23 2016 - 12:30am to 4:00am

Filmmaker James Brundige will introduce his film Wildways: Corridors of Life, created for PBS’s science show NOVA. The film explores the science behind the need for large landscape conservation and features the Yellowstone to Yukon region and the savannahs of Africa.

Read more about Film Screening — Wildways: Corridors of Life

Locations

Lux Cinema
229 Bear Street
Banff , AB
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
111 Bear Street
Banff , AB
Event

Climate Change, National Parks and Large Landscape Conservation

May 7 2016 - 1:00am to 3:00am

On May 6, Dr. Jodi Hilty, Y2Y President and Chief Scientist and one of the world’s leading experts on wildlife corridors, will speak about the opportunity to prioritize conservation in light of climate change and provide provocative insights as to how others are achieving enduring conservation across landscapes and seascapes around the world.

FREE admission Read more about Climate Change, National Parks and Large Landscape Conservation

Location

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
111 Bear Street
Banff , AB
Event

25th Annual Climb and Run for Wilderness

Apr 23 2016 - 6:00am

C4W 2016 LogoFrom the Climb for Wilderness website:

Registrations are now open!

Please join us at the Calgary Tower on Saturday April 23, 2016 for solidarity, exercise, environmental protection and fun! as we look back on the Climb for Wilderness’ amazing 25 year legacy helping raise awareness and money for the defence of Alberta’s wilderness.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you there!

What a year it was!

The world was full of optimism; communism had just fallen in the Soviet Union along with apartheid in South Africa. In solidarity with 176 other countries at the Rio Summit in Brazil, Canada signed the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, intended to guide the world in future sustainable development. Read more about 25th Annual Climb and Run for Wilderness

Location

Calgary Tower
101 9 Avenue SW
Calgary , AB
Media Release

SAGE Calls for Headwaters Restoration fo Benefit Majority of Citizens in Southern Alberta

The Southern Alberta Group for the Environment (SAGE) together with others in the conservation community is calling for reduced linear footprint, strict limits on off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on public lands, and a ban on OHVs in parks and protected areas.  A communiqué was sent to the Government of Alberta on January 13, 2016.  The Southern Alberta Group for Environment (SAGE), established in 1984, works to protect and restore the health of our environment—water, air, and land—in Lethbridge and region. Read more about SAGE Calls for Headwaters Restoration fo Benefit Majority of Citizens in Southern Alberta

Funding Opportunity

EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

Deadline: 
28 Mar 2016

The City of Edmonton and Alberta Ecotrust are partnering to deliver environmental grants to help support energy literate citizens with energy conserving lifestyles and a strong shift to active and public transportation.

We believe that protecting and improving the environment within Edmonton’s borders is a shared responsibility. Through EcoCity Edmonton, citizens can learn about Edmonton’s environmental vision, find inspiration to take action in their community, and apply for a grant to help get ideas off the ground. Read more about EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

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