Last week we told you that Wood Buffalo National Park was under consideration of being added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in Danger, following a 2014 petition submitted to the World Heritage Committee by the Mikisew Cree First Nation.
Last Thursday the Government of Canada announced a $27.5M investment over five years in the development of, and early implementation of, the action plan for Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage Site.
“As I have said many times before, the findings and recommendations of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee represent an important call to action. Today, our Government continues to take action with this new, substantial, and long term investment. Our commitment is real and we will continue to work with all of our provincial, territorial, and Indigenous partners to secure the future of the Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage Site for generations to come.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
Parks Canada is working with the 11 Indigenous communities associated with Wood Buffalo National Park through a co-operative management committee that strives to respect both the mandate of Parks Canada and the cultures and traditions of Indigenous peoples.
As one of the most significant investments in nature conservation in Canadian history, Budget 2018 will increase federal capacity to protect species at risk and put in place new recovery initiatives for priority species, areas, and threats to our environment.