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  • » Bloodvein River supports protection of boreal forest » E-Mail | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    the 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 Bloodvein River supports protection of boreal forest To A Friend Email a copy of Bloodvein River supports protection of boreal forest to a friend Required Field Your Name Your E Mail Your Remark Friend

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  • » Fisher Bay reserve “makes sense economically, ecologically and culturally” » E-Mail | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    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 reserve makes sense economically ecologically and culturally To A Friend Email a copy of Fisher Bay reserve makes sense economically ecologically and culturally to a friend Required Field Your Name Your E Mail Your

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  • » In the News | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    month the federal government and the Dehcho First Nation announced a plan to permanently protect more than 30 000 square kilometres of boreal wilderness in Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories That s an area the size of Vancouver Island The announcement came on the heels of a new law introduced in Ontario that Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments Heritage bid gets 30 000 from U S foundation WINNIPEG An American charitable foundation is giving 30 000 to help secure a UNESCO World heritage designation for Manitoba s boreal forest The Chicago based John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation has donated the money to the University of Winnipeg on condition that it be used to help the First Nation communities of Little Grand Rapids and Pauingassi develop management plans for their traditional territories and to help identify the lands to be included in the UNESCO nomination The U of W will administer the project for the foundation Conservation Minister Stan Struthers said the MacArthur contribution confirms the government s position that the UNESCO bid has international support Struthers said the Doer government has committed 531 000 this year for the UNESCO bid The UNESCO bid has been made by a local native group If successful the boreal forest that straddles the Manitoba Ontario forest will join recognized sites like the Canadian Rocky Mountains the Taj Mahal the Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments A Far North smokescreen for mining companies Source Toronto Star When does No mean No In Ontario s Far North the answer still isn t clear despite recent changes to two major laws governing that vast wilderness of boreal forest and tundra The region has been off limits to most development with the exception of the De Beers Canada Victor diamond mine near the James Bay coast and a claim staking rush for additional diamonds and other minerals That activity and the prospect of far more has angered environmental groups and caused conflict between mining companies and some of the 37 aboriginal communities that collectively claim most of the 425 000 square kilometres as traditional territories The proposed Far North Act and the new Mining Act are intended to resolve the competing demands Half the region is to be off limits to development apart from tourism nothing substantial is supposed to happen elsewhere until land use plans are created The government says those plans will require the approval of any Read the rest of this story Posted in In the News No Comments NEW OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE TO PROTECT TRADITIONAL LANDS ON EAST SIDE OF LAKE WINNIPEG STRUTHERS Manitoba Government Press Release First Nations on the east side of Lake Winnipeg will play a major role in ensuring better protection management and development of traditional lands under the East Side Traditional Lands Planning and Special Protected Areas Act Conservation Minister Stan Struthers said today Under this new legislation east

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/category/news/page/12 (2016-02-09)
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  • » Boreal Forests Store More Carbon than Tropical Forests | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    years The boreal forest s status as the most intact forest left on earth also offers a unique opportunity for plants and animals forced to adapt to shifting habitats Most other habitats today are highly fragmented by human activity creating a variety of additional obstacles for species survival In light of these findings today s report urges that international negotiations on carbon and forest protection consider ways to account for and protect the boreal Any effective and affordable response to climate change should include preserving the world s remaining carbon rich old growth forests said Steve Kallick director of the Pew Environment Group s International Boreal Conservation Campaign This report makes clear that nations must look not just at the tropics but at all the world s old growth forests for climate change solutions Keeping that carbon in place by protecting boreal forests is an important part of the climate equation said Dr Andrew Weaver If you cut down the boreal forest and disturb its peatlands you release more carbon accelerating climate change Dr Weaver of the University of Victoria is a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which was awarded the Nobel Prize The collision of climate disruption and massive human degradation of ecosystems is seriously worrying globally said leading conservation biologist Dr Stuart Pimm of Duke University These changes are surely novel in earth s history Maintaining the boreal forest s intactness will be critical to slowing ecosystem shifts and to providing migratory corridors for displaced wildlife Conservation can be an important tool in the fight to mitigate climate change said Larry Innes Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative International protocols and legislation need to create opportunities to maintain the carbon stored in intact boreal forest soils peatlands and wetlands while enabling indigenous

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/325/boreal-forests-store-more-carbon-than-tropical-forests (2016-02-09)
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  • » World Wilderness Congress issues statement calling for wilderness protection as a key strategy to reverse climate change and conserve biodiversity | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    can have if wilderness and its contribution to natural life support systems are properly valued and protected Wilderness sustains us generating the essential services that make possible our economic and social prosperity our physical health and our spiritual well being Our essential choice indeed the imperative has never been clearer Approximately 70 of the greenhouse gases emitted by humans in the past 250 years come from burning fossil fuels and 30 of emissions come from deforestation and land use change The Merida Message supports current focus on reducing fossil fuel emissions but calls for new measures to protect forests wetlands grasslands and peatlands which store large amounts of carbon which is released into the atmosphere when they are degraded or converted to other uses The Merida Message makes specific recommendations and calls to action for wilderness protection to be included in policy developed at the Copenhagen United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC in December The Merida Message calls for a reversal of the destruction of the ocean s vegetated habitats including mangroves salt marshes and sea grasses because of the large amount of carbon storage they enable Recent research shows that these habitats account for at least 50 of all carbon stored in ocean sediments It makes recommendations for the urgent protection of key ocean areas to halt destruction of fisheries and marine ecosystems The Merida Message also calls for the UNFCCC and Convention on Biodiversity Diversity CBD which currently operate separately to integrate their respective efforts to develop and implement climate change and biodiversity conservation solutions Wilderness protection on land and sea is key to both of these missions and the UNFCCC and CBD must work in a coordinated and urgent manner to facilitate protecting wilderness around the world said WILD9 Chairman Exequiel Ezcurra In an important display of unity and support several key conservation organizations have signed The Merida Message and the chair and executive committee of WILD9 invite other organizations and individuals to sign The Merida Message during the weeks leading up to Copenhagen where it will be presented Signatories to The Merida Message include The WILD Foundation Unidos para la Conservacion The Wilderness Foundation Africa The Wilderness Foundation UK Conservation International Naturalia Reforestamos Mexico Sanctuary Asia Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Canadian Boreal Initiative Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative To sign The Merida Message please contact Emily Loose at emily wild org Please send requests for images to media contacts below For a copy of The Merida Message and to learn more about WILD9 go to http www wild9 org WILD9 is a partnership between The WILD Foundation and Unidos para la Conservación and relies on the support and participation of many partner organizations Begun in 1977 The World Wilderness Congress www wild9 org is the longest running global public forum and is held approximately every four years WILD9 runs from Nov 6 13 2009 in Merida Mexico and incorporates a diverse range of views from academia government private sector science native peoples the

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  • » CPAWS welcomes Canada’s signing of wilderness protection agreement with US, Mexico | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    well connected continent wide network of protected areas Making a commitment to create networks of protected wilderness areas is a significant step in safeguarding Canada s and North America s ecosystems and we welcome it wholeheartedly says CPAWS National Executive Director Eric Hebert Daly who is returning from the Merida Mexico Wild 9 Congress where the minister made his announcement Canada and most other developed countries have until now focused on developing a representative system of national parks to protect remnants of existing natural ecosystems called by some the polka dot approach In the past decade conservation biology research has convincingly made the case that in order to keep ecosystems healthy we need to create large interconnected networks of protected areas that allow wild species to roam especially in the face of a changing climate According the Globe and Mail Minister Prentice stated that The goals include enhancing wilderness both on land and at sea Built into the arrangement is a regime that mandates the monitoring of existing protected areas to make sure they remain healthy Mr Prentice described that preservation aspect as the No 1 priority of each country There are also provisions that each country will work more

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/330/cpaws-welcomes-canadas-signing-of-wilderness-protection-agreement-with-us-mexico (2016-02-09)
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  • » Gary Doer asks Manitobans to Keep East Side Dream Alive | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    dream of protecting the east side of Lake Winnipeg CBC news Other comments from Gary Doer about the east side of Lake Winnipeg during his last month of Premier 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 future and we believe the various benefits of the environmental stewardship will be extremely important to all generations CBC news Your kids are going to be happy we did this Premier Gary Doer said It won t win us an election but it s good we did this Winnipeg Free Press Preserving this area provides more pure water into Lake Winnipeg it reduces greenhouse gases by storing considerable tons of emissions it provides food

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/323/gary-doer-asks-manitobans-to-keep-east-side-dream-alive (2016-02-09)
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  • » Premier Doer Establishes Boreal Forest Conservation Legacy Before U.S. Posting | Aboriginal Boreal Conservation Leaders
    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 First Nations with the support of the Manitoba and Ontario governments formed the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation in 2006 to achieve international recognition for the cultural and ecological values of the Boreal forest east of Lake Winnipeg as a World Heritage Site The UNESCO World Heritage List was established as an international effort to identify and protect sites of universally outstanding value so that they would survive for the benefit of all humanity The final bid for designation will be submitted in 2012 Once designated Pimachiowin Aki will be one of only a handful of sites on the World Heritage List that are recognized for both outstanding cultural and natural heritage values The area is an important Anishinabe cultural landscape and designation will support the maintenance of traditional ways of life as well as creating new opportunities for sustaining First Nation economies CBI has supported community based land use planning led by several participating First Nations communities Documenting traditional land use values as a necessary step towards World Heritage Site designation CBI has also assisted Poplar River First Nation in researching and documenting the carbon values contained within their traditional territory This trust fund in addition to providing opportunities for First Nations to secure and promote important cultural landscapes and wildlife habitats will also create incentives to maintain the carbon stored in intact Boreal forest soils peatlands and wetlands continued Mr Innes With leadership and direction from local communities conservation can be an important tool in the fight

    Original URL path: http://www.abcleaders.org/news/296/premier-doer-establishes-boreal-forest-conservation-legacy-before-u-s-posting (2016-02-09)
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