Manitoba Private Lands ProtectionThe Government of Manitoba has signed agreements with three different organizations that allow for inclusion of private lands as protected areas under the Protected Areas Initiative. Two of the agreements - with the Manitoba Naturalists Society (MNS) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) - are very similar, while the agreement with Ducks Unlimited (DU) Canada differs. (For more information on lands added to Manitoba's network of protected areas as a result of these agreements, visit our Protected Areas Announcements page)
Download the December 14, 2005 Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Manitoba and Ducks Unlimited (DU) Canada (PDF)
Download the August 13, 2005 Memorandum of Agreement between the Government of Manitoba and the Manitoba Naturalists Society (MNS) (PDF)
Download the June 11, 2004 Memorandum of Agreement between the Government of Manitoba and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) (PDF)
Manitoba Wildlands reviewed all three agreements between the Manitoba Government and non-government organizations regarding private lands protection. The indicators below illustrate the comprehensiveness of these agreements and the extent to which protection is defined and guaranteed by each agreement. Protection standards have been consistent in Manitoba public policy for 15 years.
As an active participant in the Protected Areas Initiative, Manitoba's mining sector reviews and recommends withdrawal of Crown mineral rights for the private lands brought forward for acknowledgement of protected lands status. Manitoba then withdraws crown land mining rights, as it does for all protected areas on crown lands. To date these steps have been taken with respect to the initial listing of lands under the NCC and MNS agreements.