Thursday June 9, 2016 | Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)
CPAWS applauds bill to fix Rouge National Urban Park Act
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes Bill-C18 introduced in the House of Commons today by the Government of Canada to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act (RNUP) to prioritize ecological integrity in law in the management of the park. If passed, it would rectify a critical weakness - the failure to prioritize nature conservation in park management and meet the international definition of a protected area.
"Today the Government of Canada got it right," said Janet Sumner, Executive Director for CPAWS Wildlands League. "From the red shouldered hawk and peregrine falcon to the butternut tree and the beautiful Monarch butterfly. This is huge. Nature will come first." Sumner added.
With 7 million people living within one hour's drive of the proposed Rouge National Urban Park, park managers need strong legal tools to protect the park's ecosystems from the inevitable pressures of the surrounding urban environment. This includes an explicit legal mandate to consider nature first and foremost in all management decisions, including when faced with proposals for new roads, parking lots or other development proposals.