Manitoba failed to establish any new protected areas in 2008. In fact, 2008 represents the second consecutive year Manitoba actually failed to establish any protected lands in parks, ecological reserves, or other designations. These are the main findings of the Manitoba Wildlands 2008 Protected Areas Audit, covering all of 2008 through February 2009.
The annual Protected Areas Audit is based on publicly available government data and is an annual statistical analysis of protected lands in Manitoba. A 'protected area' refers to lands formally protected from development (hydroelectric, mining, forestry, roads, and any other activity that would cause significant alteration of habitat) through Manitoba regulations or formal agreement for private lands.
Gaile Whelan Enns, Manitoba Wildlands director, expressed disappointment about the loss of protected lands and the lack of government progress in relation to its work plan "When lands are removed from protected status - regardless of the reason - the government has a social and political responsibility to compensate by establishing protection elsewhere. Government has laid out plans that commit it to consultations and technical work that precede legal protection and it is just not following through."
View the complete Manitoba Wildlands 2008 Protected Areas Audit (PDF)
View Manitoba Wildlands' 2008 Protected Areas Audit - Summary page (PDF)
View Manitoba Wildlands' 2008 Protected Areas Audit/Grade - Map (PDF)
View Manitoba Wildlands' 2008 Protected Areas Audit - Action List (PDF)
View Manitoba Wildlands' 2008 Protected Areas Audit - Chart (PDF)
Visit Manitoba Wildlands' Protected Areas Initiative page
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Source: Manitoba Wildlands