Manitoba released Tomorrow Now: Manitoba's Green Plan June 15, 2012. The 54 page eight-year strategic plan calls for up to 16 new environmental plans or strategies, plus changes to existing laws and policies. There is no crown lands, parks or protected areas plan included.
Examples of strategies/plans include:
- Green Economy Action Plan
- Energy Strategy
- New Climate Plan
- Peatlands Stewardship Strategy
- New Water Conservation Strategy
- Eco-Tourism Strategy
- New Manitoba Boreal Plan
- Moose Action Plans
New laws, regulations, policies and programs called for, include:
- Replace the Sustainable Development Act with a new Green Prosperity Act;
- New legislation and policies to protect species and their habitats;
- Regulations requiring mandatory GHG emissions reporting and outlining thresholds and other key reporting requirements;
- 15 "new" provincial parks, ecological reserves, and wildlife management areas;
- New air quality management system;
- Province wide network of e-waste depots;
- Support for municipal and community based curbside organic pick-up and composting programs.
The new green plan does not contain a firm target for greenhouse gas emissions. The government failed to meet its previous target — a six per cent drop from 1990 levels by 2012. The number was based on the Kyoto Protocol and enshrined in provincial law.
"Before any other targets are concluded, it's absolutely critical that we have a mandatory reporting of emissions," Manitoba Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh acknowledged, adding "You can't cut what you can't count."
View Tomorrow Now: Manitoba's Green Plan
View June 15, 2012 Government of Manitoba Press Release
View June 15, 2012 Canadian Press coverage
View June 15, 2012 Winnipeg Free Press coverage
View June 15, 2012 Ducks Unlimited press release
View June 15, 2012 Canadian Boreal Initiatives press release
View June 16, 2012 Winnipeg Free Press coverage
View more information on Manitoba Wildlands Governments page
Government of Manitoba, Canadian Press