Manitoba Protected Areas Grade 2006
September 1, 2005 - October 1, 2006D The annual Manitoba protected areas grade is based on six World Wildlife Fund criteria, applied to Manitoba protected areas since 1992. Nature Canada issued the grade 2000 to 2003. Manitoba Wildlands now releases the grade annually to assess protected areas commitments and actions. Penalties and bonuses highlight successes or problems. The grade is based on Government of Manitoba data, regulations, public policy, and commitments.
D- 1) Application of Ecological Criteria to Design, Select and Designate new protected areas. Manitoba Conservation is not designing and designating protected areas that ecologically represent the province's natural regions. A technical methods report is not available for a fifth consecutive year. New protected areas are falling short in comparison to the options available to represent landscapes and natural regions. Manitoba Conservation has again adjusted previous assessments of natural region representation, making its own methods suspect.
F 2) Protected Areas Strategy and Action Plan to complete protected areas system for each natural region. In 2004, the Conservation Minister renewed his commitment to the intent and ecological standards of Manitoba's Action Plan for a Network of Protected Areas, and to develop a new Action Plan. The new Action Plan has still not been provided, despite commitments from three Conservation ministers. Over 70 candidate sites are stuck in the system, without protection decisions.
C 3) Protected Areas System Completion to Date** Natural region representation has not increased since 2000. 8,571 ha of protected lands added to the system since the 2005 grade. **This criterion is triple weighted as it assesses actual protected lands for each natural region based on what remains to be done to complete Manitoba's network of protected areas. A 'C' grade means only one third of Manitoba's protected areas are in place. See Manitoba Wildlands' protected areas audit.
F 4) Rate of Progress in Protected Areas Designation The slow rate of protected areas establishment, especially in Manitoba's boreal forest regions, means many decisions are needed to complete Manitoba's regional network of protected areas. The risk of new development in Manitoba's forest and taiga regions far exceeds decisions to protect our lands and waters. Despite verbal support for the new east side World Heritage Site no action to protect these lands has been taken. Commitments made in government's Green and Growing policy statement have not been acted on (See Manitoba Wildlands Critique of Green and Growing).
D+ 5) Protection Standards Maintained or Extended Action since 2005 Protected Areas Grade:
C 6) Legislation/policies to assist private sector in protected areas establishment. Manitoba continues to identify, and recognize Nature Conservancy protected lands. No response from Manitoba Conservation regarding steps to protect Ducks Unlimited held lands. A public registry of all conservation easements and private protected lands was called for by WWF Canada in 1995, and still does not exist. Only lands where technical information is available included in the grade. See Manitoba Wildlands critique of MOAs for private lands protection.
MAP 2006 Protected Areas - Manitoba
Manitoba Wildlands 2006 Protected Areas Audit
Manitoba Wildlands Protected Areas Grade page
Manitoba Wildlands Protected Areas page
Manitoba Wildlands World Heritage Site page
Manitoba Wildlands review of Green and Growing
Manitoba Wildlands summary of Protected Area commitments in Throne/Budget speeches