Manitoba Wildlands Campaign Office
Canadian Nature Federation
412-63 Albert Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 1G4
Phone : 204-944-9593 Fax: 204-947-3076 E-mail: email@example.com
Manitoba Protected Areas Grade 2001
Canadian Nature Federation Wildlands Campaign
May 18, 2001
The protected areas grade for the Manitoba government is
based on four of the World Wildlife Fund Endangered Spaces Campaign criteria.
These same criteria were applied to the protected areas grade for Manitoba
through the l990's. There are also penalties and bonuses applied to the
basic grade criteria.
C 1) Strategy and Action Plan Development to complete protected
areas system on an ecological representation basis
While the Action Plan for a Network of Protected Areas is in place, timelines
are being missed and interim protection is not being applied to enable
protected areas planning on a natural region basis to be completed. The
intent to maintain staff resources, technical/mapping services, and deliver
on the Action Plan have faltered in the Conservation Department. In particular,
the capacity to maintain government and consultation services for ecological
design and analysis for new protected areas has eroded.
C 2) Protected Areas System Completion to Date*
Four new small park reserves have been protected. Several wildlife management
areas are waiting to be upgraded to protected status. Several islands
have also been protected. No new ecological reserves were designated.
Grand Island, Kinwow Bay, Sturgeon Bay and Walter Cook Caves park reserves
are supported by affected First Nations; Chemawawin, Grand Rapids and
Kinonjeoshtegon, combined with industry sector reviews.
D 3) Rate of Progress in Protected Areas Designation
In the past year Manitoba has progressed at one quarter the rate required
to complete its protected areas system through its Action Plan. Opportunities
in Agro Manitoba have not been acted on, including for a review of community
pastures for potential protected lands. In Manitoba, certain large forest
natural regions have no permanent protected lands. Decisions for protected
lands in these regions are required prior to significant development decisions.
C 4) Protection Standards Maintained or Extended
New park reserves and islands were protected. Protection was not extended
to any new category of lands. Examples of new categories of lands to include
in the protected areas system include community pastures, defense base
lands, and private or conservation organization lands. Pembina Valley
Park is waiting designation. Future government and Nature Conservancy
partnerships on protected areas are relevant for this criteria.
· The industry led Mining Sector consultation, approved many sites
for protection from development in its fourth year.
· Over the last year the Manitoba government and its leaders have
confirmed their intention to establish protected areas and complete representation
of the province's natural regions.
· New park reserves have been nominated and established with First
· Conservation Department avoidance or disregard of its own ecological
design and assessment methods has become evident.
· The rate for decisions to establish protected areas and represent
natural regions is dropping. This is especially serious in regions where
development intentions are prominent.
· Manitoba's forest natural regions require swift decisions for
protected lands. Technical review by licensees and government is outstanding.
Action on the Lowlands national park to provide interim protection has
been waiting for years.
· A firm commitment to renew and maintain staff and technical resources
for the Protected Areas Initiative is required.
· The petroleum branch review of areas for potential protection
lacks an ecological base and credible third party participation.
* This criteria is triple weighted
Gaile Whelan Enns, Manitoba Wildlands Campaign Coordinator