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  • » PROVINCE COMMITS TO NEW BOREAL PEATLANDS STEWARDSHIP STRATEGY: SELINGER | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    beluga whales polar bears and caribou can all be found along the coast at the same time making it a unique destination for ecotourism activities such as viewing wildlife said Selinger It has been estimated these two protected areas alone store approximately 179 million tonnes of carbon in their peatlands and soil Selinger said This is equivalent to 656 million tonnes of carbon dioxide the same as the emissions from the entire province of Manitoba for 30 years Boreal areas store more carbon than any other ecosystem and are gaining increasing attention from the scientific community for the significant amount of carbon stored particularly below the surface Selinger said It is estimated that Manitoba s boreal forest stores as much as 30 billion tonnes of carbon We believe strongly in the role forests play in our fight against climate change and will continue to advocate nationally and internationally to ensure boreal forests are an important part of any climate change strategy Selinger said Manitoba will be a leader in the preservation of boreal peatlands with a new stewardship strategy that will be developed in co operation with stakeholders and leading climate change non governmental agencies Manitoba will pilot management practices to assess the carbon value of boreal forests wetlands and peatlands Selinger said Since 1999 Manitoba has permanently protected 1 26 million hectares of land in parks wildlife management areas ecological reserves and provincial forests and by memorandum of agreement with conservation agencies Selinger said The province has also banned logging in 80 of the province s 81 parks Logging mining hydroelectric power development oil and gas exploration or development and any other activities that could significantly and adversely affect natural habitat are banned in the new protected areas the premier said Aboriginal and treaty nights will be respected in

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/352/province-commits-to-new-boreal-peatlands-stewardship-strategy-selinger (2016-02-09)
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  • » New park could generate $38M: report | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    report Comment on this Story Email This Story New park could generate 38M report December 4th 2009 Source Winnipeg Free Press WINNIPEG The creation of a provincial park proposed around Fisher Bay would add 38 million to the Manitoba economy according to a new study Conducted by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources the study shows current industries in the area of Fisher River Cree Nation logging non aboriginal hunting and mining generate about 2 2 million annually for Manitoba s economy An industry sustained by park management as well as ecological and cultural tourism would bring in about 40 million per year the study concluded An area around the bay was granted interim protection by the province as a potential park site in 1999 A study done in 2006 recommended those boundaries be expanded according to the best ecological and cultural considerations rather than political lines said Ron Thiessen executive director of Manitoba s chapter with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society The most recent study released today examined the prospects of that broader area The province is in the midst of boundary considerations and has committed to establishing the park by October of next year jennifer pawluk freepress

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/349/new-park-could-generate-38m-report (2016-02-09)
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  • » MANITOBA HONOURED BY PRESENTATION OF 2009 BOREAL AWARD: ROBINSON | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    of the province s efforts in co operation with First Nations to protect and sustain Canada s boreal forest Deputy Premier Eric Robinson minister of Aboriginal and northern affairs said today Since 1999 Manitoba has permanently protected 871 000 hectares of land in parks wildlife management areas and ecological reserves Robinson said We are committed to expanding on this by adding more protected areas On behalf of the province former premier Gary Doer and Premier Greg Selinger it is a distinct honour to accept the Boreal Award in recognition of this important conservation work The award was presented by the Canadian Boreal Initiative CBI yesterday at a ceremony in Ottawa CBI works with First Nations conservation organizations industry and other interested parties to link science policy and conservation initiatives across Canada s Boreal Forest CBI s Boreal Leadership Council selects Boreal Award winners to recognize far reaching vision outstanding leadership and collaborative initiatives to protect and sustain Canada s boreal forest In honouring Manitoba with the award CBI recognized The Government of Manitoba who have championed the proposed Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site announced a 10 million trust fund to support the leading First Nations and put in place legislation

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/345/manitoba-honoured-by-presentation-of-2009-boreal-award-robinson (2016-02-09)
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  • » Province highlights polar bears, climate change in speech | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    in Premier Greg Selinger So does the vast expanse of bog that covers much of northern Manitoba and acts like a huge carbon sink Monday s throne speech confirmed two environmental initiatives that could pay huge dividends Manitoba will make a major contribution to establish a new Polar Bear Research and Arctic exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo The polar bear is a good focus because it will attract tourists to Manitoba Selinger said Margaret Redmond president of Assiniboine Park Conservancy said the province s commitment will help the conservancy gets its fundraising going This money gives us the confidence to continue our design phase Redmond said We hope with other funding in place that we could see those pieces completed as early as 2011 The exhibit will be part of a 180 million makeover of Assiniboine Park over the next decade It will include a conservation centre that will work in tandem with the polar bear research facility in Churchill The second policy in the throne speech involves Manitoba s inclusion of its bogs or peatlands as an offset to carbon emissions along with its boreal forests The peatlands hold a huge amount of carbon Environmentalists said including the forests

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/347/province-highlights-polar-bears-climate-change-in-speech (2016-02-09)
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  • » Weather holding trappers back | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    trap lines at this time of year by crossing lakes and rivers on snowmobiles or all terrain vehicles That s impossible right now because of unsafe ice I was hoping to get up there this year but I haven t got anywhere yet cause of the weather said Napoleon Denechezhe who traps about 100 kilometres from La Brochet It s really hard right now I don t know if anybody is going to be doing any trapping this year from here anyway It takes roughly one hour to reach La Brochet by airplane from Thompson which is about 750 kilometres north of Winnipeg Other trappers with road access to their lines will attempt to get there this weekend One of those Richard Danielson traps near Cranberry Portage which is 330 kilometres southwest of Thompson Danielson normally starts trapping the first week of November Though he ll attempt it this weekend there are some areas he intends to avoid I wouldn t trust around the beaver houses and that like I d still be very cautious because those beavers they re in and out of the house there so their main channel is always open he said The slow start to

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/343/weather-holding-trappers-back (2016-02-09)
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  • » Canada’s North unprepared to deal with climate change threats; report | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy an independent federal advisory panel offered a grim picture of what degrading permafrost melting ice roads storm surges and coastal erosion could do to the country s far north It also warned that increased snowfall and changing ice conditions will add stress to buildings and energy and communications infrastructure that were built for different snow and ice conditions Climate change is moving fastest in Arctic areas requiring Canada to be a world leader in adaptation practices more than we had even contemplated said Round Table chair Bob Page The report noted that winter roads melting earlier in the spring can force communities to airlift supplies while melting permafrost can destabilize foundations for buildings It also found that permafrost degradation can also undermine airport runways and roads while storm surges may require relocation of infrastructure Given the pace of climate change and considering the potential for economic development and accompanying infrastructure expansion in Canada s North the time to capitalize on the adaptation opportunity is now the study said Some of the recommendations were updating construction and engineering codes providing better weather and permafrost data and leveraging federal funding to ensure that

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/338/canadas-north-unprepared-to-deal-with-climate-change-threats-report (2016-02-09)
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  • » Saving caribou will curb climate change: new report | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    require immense unbroken Boreal wilderness to find enough food and avoid predators As the Boreal is the world s largest land based storehouse of carbon these vast intact spaces also help to curb climate change By protecting the caribou s home in our Boreal wilderness we slow the accelerator pedal on climate change says Ron Thiessen CPAWS Manitoba Executive Director Humans need big protected Boreal spaces as much as caribou do Canada s Boreal stores more than 186 billion tons of carbon 27 years worth of global carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels When the Boreal is developed or logged its ability to absorb and store carbon is lost or reduced which degrades its ability to help moderate our climate Woodland caribou populations are declining across Canada and they have already disappeared from three provinces largely due to habitat loss from industrial developments such as clear cut logging Both the federal and Manitoba governments have listed woodland caribou as a threatened species in need of habitat protection but are not taking the actions required to ensure their wellbeing CPAWS is calling for an immediate halt to logging logging road construction and other industrial developments in intact caribou habitat until the government can demonstrate that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure long term caribou survival says Thiessen CPAWS is proposing that the Manitoba government announces a plan to work with all involved to protect more than 50 of Manitoba s Boreal Region from industrial developments According to a letter from more than 1 500 highly respected scientists from across the globe this is the minimum amount of protection required to ensure the area remains fully functioning as an integral part of earth s life support system According to Pascal Badiou Ph D and adjunct professor in

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/336/saving-caribou-will-curb-climate-change-new-report (2016-02-09)
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  • » Big profit from nature protection | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    with an annual pricetag of US 2 5 trillion dwarfing the banking crisis The new analysis takes the economists to the undersea realms of fisheries and coral reefs Conservation groups have repeatedly called for a vast expansion in protection for marine ecosystems both to conserve biodiversity and as a longer term boost to fisheries yields Mr Sukhdev said there was a powerful economic case for this as well If we were to expand marine protection from less than 1 to 30 say what would that cost Establishing reserves policing them and so on would cost about 40 50bn per year and the annual benefit would be about 4 5 trillion The benefits would come from increasing fish catches and tourism revenue and in the case of reefs protecting shorelines from the destructive force of storms The Teeb report is hugely significant in showing that loss of nature is inextricably linked with a sustainable worldwide economy and we warmly welcome the call upon policymakers to accelerate scale up and embed investments in the management and restoration of ecosystems commented Stephen Hopper director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew The study says protected areas need to be chosen carefully as they are on land and concentrated in areas of ecological and economic importance Other examples given in the report include a Costa Rican study showing that areas of intact forest increase the yield of coffee farms by 20 because they shelter pollinating insects a grassland conservation area in New Zealand that supplies the Otago region with free water that would cost 100m per year to bring in from elsewhere in Vietnam planting and protecting nearly 12 000 hectares of mangroves cost the government 1 1m but saved annual expenditures on dyke maintenance of 7 3m Forest call Although individual economists have

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/333/big-profit-from-nature-protection (2016-02-09)
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