Manitoba Protected Areas Grade 2007
Technical Assessment C-October 1, 2006 - November 14, 2007 The annual Manitoba protected areas grade is based on six World Wildlife Fund criteria, applied to Manitoba protected areas since 1992. Manitoba Wildlands releases the grade annually to assess protected areas commitments and actions. Penalty and bonus points highlight successes or problems. The grade is based on Government of Manitoba data, regulations, public policy, and protected areas 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 Manitoba's natural regions. A technical methods report is not available for the sixth consecutive year. New protected areas are falling short in comparison to the options available to represent landscapes and natural regions.
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. Over 70 candidate sites are stuck in the system, without decisions.
C 3) Protected Areas System Completion to Date** Although 6,191 ha of protected lands were added to the system since the 2006 grade, 15,152 ha were removed this year, resulting in a net loss of 8,961 ha. **This criterion is triple weighted to assess actual protected lands for each natural region based on what is needed to complete Manitoba's network of protected areas. A 'C' grade means 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 networks of protected areas. Manitoba's government needs to embrace 'Conservation First' decision making to protect our lands and waters. Despite verbal support for the east side World Heritage Site no action to protect these lands has been taken since 2004.
D 5) Protection Standards Maintained or Extended Action since 2006 Protected Areas Grade:
B 6) Legislation/policies to assist private sector in protected areas establishment. Manitoba continues to identify, and recognize privately held protected lands. Lands held by Ducks Unlimited were protected this year. 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 provided included in grade. City of Winnipeg Memorandum of Agreement has potential to bring significant lands into 2008 grade.
Manitoba Wildlands 2007 News release
Manitoba Wildlands news items for: Protected Areas Audit and Protected Areas Grade, 2007
Manitoba Wildlands 2007 Protected Areas Audit
MAP 2007 Protected Areas - Manitoba (PDF)
Manitoba Wildlands Protected Areas Grade page
Manitoba Wildlands Protected Areas page
Manitoba Wildlands 2007 Election Survey, protected areas section
Manitoba NDP environment commitments, 2007 election campaign (PDF)
Manitoba Protected Areas Commitments 2005-2007 (PDF)
Manitoba Protected Areas Commitments 2005-2007 - Full Sources (PDF)
Manitoba Wildlands summary of Protected Area commitments in Throne/Budget speeches
Manitoba Wildlands World Heritage Site page