Caribou - Endangered
Argentina – forest protection
Action: Implement a landmark law to prevent forest clearing for agriculture
Deforestation of the Chaco. Photograph: Guyra/WLT
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The provincial government's open house on its land-use framework for this region was the largest yet in terms of turn-out.
While a variety of concerns were offered by the some 76 members of the general public who attended Wednesday night, protection of the Clearwater River, especially from Nexen Inc.'s water withdrawal application, was one of the more popular topics of conversation.
"I was looking at the comment board afterward and there was a lot of comments about that. They marshalled their forces and made themselves heard. That was good," said Duncan MacDonnell, spokesman for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.
As for the attendance figures, he added, "That's the largest yet for the process; the most we've had at any one session. It kept going until after 8 p.m., so very popular."... Read more »
EDMONTON — At least two First Nations followed up on their threat of legal action Wednesday in a bid to save dwindling caribou herds in northeastern Alberta.
Lawyers for the First Nations communities argue the federal minister of the environment has a statutory duty to protect the animals under the Species At Risk Act. They warned legal action was coming in a letter to Environment Minister Jim Prentice sent mid-July and arrived at the federal court registry downtown Wednesday morning with legal documents in hand.
The First Nations are asking the court to force Prentice prepare a recovery strategy for the woodland caribou and to recommend the federal cabinet make an emergency order with a moratorium on all new development in the areas where the caribou are threatened.... Read more »
EDMONTON — Three Alberta environmental groups have joined a First Nations effort calling on the federal environment minister to protect boreal caribou herds in the northeastern area of the province.
In a detailed, 13-page letter sent Tuesday to Environment Minister Jim Prentice, Ecojustice outlined the legal arguments compelling the department to act on behalf of the seven imperilled herds in the area.
The letter was sent on behalf of the Alberta Wilderness Association, the Sierra Club Prairie chapter and the Pembina Institute.
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CALGARY — Three environmental groups have joined with four Alberta First Nations to urge the federal environment minister to provide emergency protection for caribou herds in northeastern Alberta, Ecojustice said today.
Ecojustice, acting on behalf of the Alberta Wilderness Association, the Pembina Institute and the Sierra Club of Canada Prairie Chapter, filed a letter today (see attached) to Environment Minister Jim Prentice, demanding that he use emergency protection provisions in Canada’s Species at Risk Act to protect caribou habitat in northeastern Alberta.
“If Prentice does nothing, Ecojustice is prepared to fight for the caribou in court," said Barry Robinson, Ecojustice staff lawyer.
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