Manitoba Protected Areas Grade 2008
Technical Assessment FDecember 2007 - March 2009 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 actions. Penalty and bonus points highlight successes or failures. The grade is based on Government data, regulations, public policy, and commitments. The next grade/assessment will cover a period beginning March 2009.
D 1) Application of Ecological Criteria to Design, Designate protected areas. Manitoba Conservation is not designing and designating protected areas to ecologically represent Manitoba's natural regions. A technical methods report is has not been available for seven consecutive years. New protected areas fall short in adequately representing landscapes and natural regions, and will fail to provide sustainable habitat and range areas for species.
F 2) Protected Areas Strategy and Action Plan to complete protected areas systems for each natural region. In 2004, the 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, which has still not been provided. Over 70 candidate sites are stuck in the system, without decisions. Government protected areas work plans have not been fulfilled.
C 3) Protected Areas System Completion ** This criteria is triple weighted to assess actual protected lands in each natural region, and is indicative of decisions needed to complete Manitoba's network of protected areas. Manitoba's protected areas system saw a net loss in protected lands again in 2008. A 'C' grade means only one third of Manitoba's protected areas are in place. See Manitoba Wildlands' 2008 protected areas audit.
F 4) Rate of Progress in Protected Areas Designation The net loss of protected areas means completion of Manitoba's regional networks of protected areas is stalled. Despite verbal support for the east side World Heritage Site (WHS), no action to protect these lands has been taken since 2004. The only WHS lands protected by regulation have 8 months interim protection left (of 10 years). Other lands were nominated for protection almost 10 years ago.
F 5) Protection Standards Maintained or Extended Actions since 2007 Protected Areas Grade are listed on Manitoba Wildlands' 2008 Grade Map (PDF), and on this 2008 Actions Chart (PDF). Attempts to include Recreational Development zones in Parks as protected lands show confusion, as these zones include roads, bridges, town sites, cottages etc. Delays in regulations for withdrawal of Crown mineral rights continue.
D 6) Legislation/Policies for Private Protected Areas. A public registry of all conservation easements and private protected lands was called for by WWF Canada in 1995, and still does not exist. City of Winnipeg Memorandum of Agreement had potential to bring significant lands into 2008 grade but to date there have been no public decisions. Private conservation lands need to undergo technical review for withdrawal of Crown mineral rights. Information exchange about private protected lands is nonexistent.
Net loss of protected lands in Manitoba for 2008 - second year in a row
Protected Areas Establishment Process/Progress
Manitoba Wildlands 2008 News release
Manitoba Wildlands 2008 news items: Protected Areas Audit and Protected Areas Grade
Manitoba Wildlands 2008 Protected Areas Audit
MAP 2008 Protected Areas - Manitoba (PDF)
Manitoba Wildlands 2008 Protected Areas - Actions List (PDF)
Manitoba Wildlands Protected Areas Grade page
Manitoba Wildlands Protected Areas page
2007 Election Manitoba NDP environment commitments (PDF)
Manitoba Wildlands Manitoba World Heritage Site page