If elected, will you commit to these conservation actions during your coming/next term in office?
- Work with Aboriginal governments and organizations to establish and permanently protect key conservation areas in the NWT, prioritizing areas first identified by communities under the NWT Protected Areas Strategy?
- Support the establishment of Thaidene Nene as a national park reserve and territorial park?
- Champion economic diversification that minimizes our reliance on non-renewable resource extraction by supporting communities to develop local economic opportunities based on sustainable tourism and conservation of special areas?
1. The Protected Are Strategy was endorsed(1999) and continues to be supported by the GNWT, The strategy is overseen by the NWT PAS Steering Committee (NWTPASSC); a multi-stakeholder organization made up pf – governments (GWT, Canada and Aboriginals), industry and environmental and conservation organizations. The mandate of the NWTPASSC is to guide and facilitate the implementation process, to provide a forum for information exchange, and to provide strategic direction to the territorial and federal ministers on the implementation of the NWT- PAS. This will be replaced by a made in the NWT process using Northern Tools.
2. In January 2015, the GNWT initiated work on developing a matrix of protected area designation and northern tools for the 33,600 square kilometre Thaidene Nene land withdrawal area. It was agreed that a significantly smaller national park reserve would be part of that matrix. Parks Canada is working to add 14,000 square kilometres of Thaidene Nene to the existing network of national parks, national marine conservation areas, national historic sites and the proposed Rouge National Urban Park.
3. Support for Economic Diversification to reduce reliance on resource extractive industries. The GNWT’s 2013 Economic Opportunities Strategy “aims to grow and diversify the NWT economy outside of its rich resource sector – in areas such as tourism, agriculture, fishing, manufacturing and the traditional economies – and to create the environment in which grass roots economic opportunities can be envisioned, pursued and realized by NWT residents and businesses – particularly in our Territory’s communities and regions, “Executive Summary of the EOS”.