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  • » Climate Talks Near Deal to Save Forests | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    consideration by Congress Forests have become a pot of money or a get out of jail free card said Peg Putt a consultant to the Wilderness Society Either way there s the prospect of financial benefit now as opposed to just being told Do the right thing like it was two years ago The new plan represents an important shift from earlier United Nations climate programs like the 1997 Kyoto Protocol in which countries committed to curbing their industrial emissions but got no credit for reducing emissions through changes in land use The agreement is also being closely watched in Congress where climate legislation passed the House in June and is currently stalled in the Senate Under the cap and trade system preferred by Democratic leaders and the Obama administration companies that cannot meet their greenhouse gas pollution limit could buy extra permits by investing in carbon reduction programs abroad Plans to preserve forests under REDD would presumably qualify The forest program offers the opportunities for U S companies to reduce emissions at lower cost which is very important politically Mr Krupp said Under the final draft of agreement other habitats that absorb carbon dioxide like peat bogs which store large amounts of carbon dioxide in their soil could be eligible for payments This prospect has environmentalists scrambling to calculate the carbon storage capacity of other resources like swamps and fields not for the sake of preserving beauty or biodiversity but for their potential financial benefit Why is everyone thinking about forest and peat land while overlooking oceans the biggest carbon store on the planet said Dan Lafolley marine vice chairman for the World Commission on Protected Areas of the Swiss based International Union for the Conservation of Nature It would be a travesty if Copenhagen addressed forests but not other carbon stocks The potential for payments has even pitted advocates for some types of forest against advocates for other types Were not sure in Copenhagen there will be a definitive mechanism for monetizing forests but if there is we think all forests should be included Steve Kallick director of the Boreal Conservation Pew Environment Group who studies northern forest stocks and noted that by some measures boreal forests store twice as much carbon dioxide per unit as tropical forests Even if the ministers pass the agreement as it is predicted they will it will take some time before the money starts flowing Many details remain to be worked out including the exact level of emissions reduction the REDD program should aim for and by what date and what system should be used to measure the carbon storage of various habitats Meanwhile scientists and conservationists have flocked to Copenhagen to make their case We ve seen the idea of REDD start in forestry but expand to other land use sectors Ms Putt said Cary Fowler of the Global Crop Diversity Trust said he decided to come to Copenhagen when he saw no mention of crop diversity or agriculture in an

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  • » Fisher Bay reserve “makes sense economically, ecologically and culturally” | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    cent employment rate according to the report Of that 10 per cent of jobs are in the fishing industry and 50 per cent are in local social services The majority of the employed leave the community for other opportunities Chief David Crate estimates the eco and cultural tourism industry would provide the area with work for 12 to 15 years We re in discussion with the Radisson Hecla Oasis Resort to link with their eco tourism tours said Crate The Leigh Cochrane Memorial Visitor Centre would coordinate a lot of it The province at the Fisher River s request created the Fisher Bay Park Reserve in 1999 to provide temporary protection to an approximately 89 000 hectare area which is 70 per cent water and includes the Moose Little Moose Tamarack and other islands shoals reefs and adjacent mainland The park s reserve status was renewed in 2005 A year later after analyzing the results of an Areas of Ecological Significance study CPAWS and Fisher River requested the province designate the reserve a provincial park before it loses its protected status in 2010 and expand the park s proposed boundaries to include 160 000 hectares to protect more wetlands and boreal bogs Earlier this year CPAWS and Fisher River renewed that plea We ve received support from players of all political stripes Conservative Selkirk Interlake MP James Bezan Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie when he was still an MP provincial Liberal leader Jon Gerrard and the Green Party said Thiessen The province has received more than 11 000 letters from Manitobans supporting the park and we ve had an incredible amount of support from the Jackhead First Nation Town of Arborg Village of Riverton and RM of Coldwell The province which is currently consulting with local stakeholders and the public could

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  • » Fisher Bay bats potential provincial park tourist attraction » E-Mail | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    Land of the Sleeping Giant An Interview with Liz Esquega Thomas Beaudry View all stories The Project About the Project Contact Us This project was supported by a grant from The Winnipeg Foundation E Mail Fisher Bay bats potential provincial park tourist attraction To A Friend Email a copy of Fisher Bay bats potential provincial park tourist attraction to a friend Required Field Your Name Your E Mail Your Remark

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  • » Don’t neglect natural solutions to climate change crisis, experts tell Canada » E-Mail | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    Giant An Interview with Liz Esquega Thomas Beaudry View all stories The Project About the Project Contact Us This project was supported by a grant from The Winnipeg Foundation E Mail Don t neglect natural solutions to climate change crisis experts tell Canada To A Friend Email a copy of Don t neglect natural solutions to climate change crisis experts tell Canada to a friend Required Field Your Name Your

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  • » Traditional Aboriginal Knowledge Key To Boreal Forest Conservation » E-Mail | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    Land of the Sleeping Giant An Interview with Liz Esquega Thomas Beaudry View all stories The Project About the Project Contact Us This project was supported by a grant from The Winnipeg Foundation E Mail Traditional Aboriginal Knowledge Key To Boreal Forest Conservation To A Friend Email a copy of Traditional Aboriginal Knowledge Key To Boreal Forest Conservation to a friend Required Field Your Name Your E Mail Your Remark

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  • » In the News | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    I commend our First Nations partners for their vision and leadership toward securing UNESCO World Heritage status for the unique place they call home east of Lake Winnipeg Today s commitment 10 million dollar trust fund will help ensure their efforts will result in a sustainable international attraction that benefits the people who live there MB government press release Let s have a world UNESCO site in Manitoba with that beautiful beautiful boreal forest CBC news The value of this is 120 million a year to the people living in the area if properly stewarded into the Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments Premier Doer Establishes Boreal Forest Conservation Legacy Before U S Posting WINNIPEG Oct 13 CNW Telbec Today in his final days in office before becoming Canada s Ambassador to the United States Manitoba s Premier Gary Doer announced a 10 million trust fund for conservation The fund will support the on going work of several First Nations involved in designating their Boreal homelands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site Spanning an area larger than Vancouver Island this 40 000 square kilometre region straddling the Manitoba Ontario border is one of the most ecologically intact Boreal forest ecosystems in the world Premier Doer deserves credit as a tireless champion for the World Heritage site This fund ensures that First Nations will have the resources to manage and protect their homelands said Larry Innes Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative CBI We re proud to stand here today with the Province and the communities to celebrate their vision and leadership The Poplar River Little Grand Rapids Pauingassi and Pikangikum Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments PROVINCE ANNOUNCES TRUST FUND ESTABLISHED TO SUPPORT PIMACHIOWIN AKI WORLD HERITAGE PROJECT 10 Million Investment in East Side Stewardship To Initiate International Fundraising Campaign Manitoba will contribute 10 million to establish a trust fund expected to be worth a minimum of 20 million in support of the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project Premier Gary Doer announced today I commend our First Nations partners for their vision and leadership toward securing UNESCO World Heritage status for the unique place they call home east of Lake Winnipeg said Doer Today s commitment will help ensure their efforts will result in a sustainable international attraction that benefits the people who live there The Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage project is an initiative led by the Poplar River Little Grand Rapids Pauingassi and Pikangikum First Nations with support from the governments of Manitoba and Ontario The group is currently preparing a bid to secure a UNESCO World Heritage designation for lands within a 40 000 square kilometre area of pristine boreal forest in eastern Manitoba and western Ontario The site is under tentative UNESCO consideration with Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments Six Quebec Aboriginal Organizations Receive a Contribution From the Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/category/news/page/11 (2016-02-09)
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  • » Peguis, Lake Manitoba environmental projects receive provincial funds | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    Innovations Fund according to Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie s announcement last Wednesday The Ways of Our People program in Peguis will receive 10 000 to teach youth traditional First Nation hunting fishing trapping and gathering methods while the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources a national non profit First Nation directed group will receive 20 000 for research and developing awareness of the existence and needs of at risk species on Lake Manitoba First Nation traditional lands Manitobans are doing their part to protect the environment and improve the quality of life within their communities said Blaikie The province selected 36 projects to receive a combined total of more than 567 000 including an Invasive Species Council of Manitoba project to establish an early detection and rapid response network for new invaders and infestations University of Manitoba projects studying mosquito s natural enemies to control the insect s population and the effects of cattle grazing on prairie bird community areas and a University of Winnipeg program to increase the endangered burrowing owl population The 36 approved projects are part of the overall goal to incorporate sustainable development practices into unique and innovative activities that will protect enhance conserve and rehabilitate Manitoba

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/356/peguis-lake-manitoba-environmental-projects-receive-provincial-funds (2016-02-09)
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  • » Under the icy north lurks a ‘carbon bomb’ | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    and pump enormous amounts of carbon dioxide into the air To fly over the northern forest is to experience ancient nearly unbroken vastness Swamp like it has been described as a kind of giant Everglades of the North tiny aboriginal communities logging roads and clear cuts stand out in its southern expanse In the more frozen north only icy lakes and rivers interrupt the thousands of miles of tree cover Caribou and wolves roam underneath the evergreens and every summer millions of birds arrive to breed including the white throated sparrow and many species of ducks that winter in New England The boreal forest with its hues of muted green gray and brown once blanketed New England as well but warming temperatures since the last Ice Age have transformed the forest although some peat lands and boreal tree and wildlife species remain in northern Maine New Hampshire and Vermont Unlike most of the tropics where decaying plant matter decomposes quickly the boreal forest accumulates dead sedges mosses grasses shrubs and trees in bogs or in permafrost permanently frozen soil that can store it for thousands of years About 30 percent of the carbon is stored in the trees the rest is in the peat For a long time we failed to see the soil for the trees said Larry Innes director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative and adviser to the Pew Environment Group a funding and advocacy group Innes talked as he piloted his small plane over hundreds of tiny peat islands capped with spruce trees in lightly iced lakes about 150 miles north of Ottawa Fluctuating water levels in a reservoir for a hydroelectric dam had eroded peat from the shorelines allowing some of its carbon to be released and leaving sand behind Enormous clear cuts miles across opened the landscape nearby While the northern forest s beauty is undeniable it is tropical forests with their towering tree canopies and enormous number of colorful and charismatic species that have riveted the world And scientists say there is good reason for that Agriculture and development are causing massive deforestation totaling more than 20 million acres a year by some estimates and the forests are being further degraded by illegal and shoddy logging practices and fire Because it is more valuable to cut trees than to preserve them in these areas Copenhagen negotiators are trying to make it financially attractive to conserve trees in developing countries The Kyoto Protocol the climate treaty that expires in 2012 largely ignored forests as critical tools in fighting global warming though deforestation and the resulting loss of carbon absorbing capacity accounts for about 15 percent of the world s greenhouse gas emissions But the boreal forest holding twice as much carbon per acre as tropical forests also needs a place at the table scientists say In Canada deforestation defined as permanently cleared land is estimated at about 126 000 acres a year although scientists say development and industrial uses alter far more of the forest

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