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Canada works to strengthen Species at Risk Act

Cara J

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Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has begun a review of the current Species at Risk Act (SARA) with hopes to strengthen the legislation for effective protections and recovery of species. SARA – which passed into law in 2002 – has similar goals to the United States’ Endangered Species Act. The purpose of the Act is to prevent species from going extinct, provide for the recovery of at risk species, and manage for species to prevent them from reaching threatened or endangered status. Species are listed under SARA by the federal cabinet following assessments by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). ECCC has released proposed updates for public consultation to cover some of the areas that need improvement in the Act and the Minister of ECCC is pushing for a renewed commitment to protecting at-risk species. Some of the goals set for this review process include making a clear distinction between “survival” versus “recovery” (both previously undefined in the Act), enhancing the listing process, and setting “explicit standards of evidence” for protecting critical habitat with conservation agreements. The proposed Policy on Survival and Recovery explains and defines the terms “survival” and recovery” and provides guidance [...]


Read more: http://wildlife.org/canada-works-to-strengthen-species-at-risk-act/

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