NL Government: Results of Public Consultations on Protected Areas Plan Released
May 6, 2021
On behalf of the Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council (WERAC), the Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, today released a ‘What We Heard’ document and synopsis following Phase I public consultations on a proposed Protected Areas Plan for the Island of Newfoundland. The What We Heard document and synopsis is available online.
WERAC is a legislated, volunteer, independent advisory body appointed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to provide advice on the establishment and management of the province’s wilderness and ecological reserves.
WERAC gathers and considers public input and information about proposed reserves, and provides recommendations to government on whether a reserve should be established and, if so, how it should be managed.
Pending a review of the council’s recommendations to government stemming from this first phase of consultations, WERAC would enter into a Phase II public consultation involving a site-by-site consultation and engaging with local communities to discuss how to tailor the management of each proposed protected area to residents’ needs. These Phase II consultations would inform final recommendations to government on a proposed Protected Areas Plan.
“I thank all members of the advisory council for their efforts to conduct the public consultation on the proposed Protected Areas Plan. This was a significant undertaking for the volunteer council and they have worked diligently to compile, organize and analyze the input that was provided. We look forward to receiving and reviewing the recommendations of the council.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“The Wilderness and Ecological Reserve Advisory Council would like to thank everyone who submitted comments on the proposed Protected Areas Plan. Almost 900 individual submissions were received from across Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and other countries. Each submission was read and the perspectives included in the feedback assessment. This input will inform our recommendations to government.”
Chair, Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council
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Environment and Climate Change
Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council