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Environment committee  Those are two different things, the expansion of the Banff townsite versus the expansion of national parks. We are interested in expanding the number of national parks to fill out our systems plan, and we are undertaking negotiations in—

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  Maybe Environment....

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  I believe, if I hear you correctly, you're referring to the new parks account. Essentially it's a fund that has a seed fund in it, the idea being, I believe, and I stand to be corrected, that when opportunities arise from a surplus in other lands that are no longer needed, those

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  I do not have a number to do that, although we do use notional targets for the purpose of initiating negotiations as to what it might take to establish and run parks in different circumstances. For example, for a northern terrestrial park, we have an idea, a baseline cost of oper

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  You're correct in terms of the quality and how important that is. The target is 17% for terrestrial and freshwater. However, if the quality is not there, you're not leveraging that investment in creating additional protected areas. Looking at—

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  It was the southern Strait of Georgia.

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  Yes, probably the best way to initiate an answer to that is that the majority of the conservation gains are likely to come from other jurisdictions—provinces and territories—that are primarily the landholders.

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  Yes, and municipalities. You're absolutely right. I would say that although a municipality or an area in a municipality would not probably result in a large land area.... You actually need 100,000 square kilometres to get 1% terrestrially. However, a lot of municipalities are in

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  I can start. As you're probably aware, the federal government will work as a team in terms of involvement in the Teck project and review. There's a wide variety of departments that are providing certain types of expertise to that process because they are regulators. Others such

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  The typical process that we undertake is to work through the federal department that's the regulator. We provide our advice through that area. The state of Wood Buffalo National Park, for example, is an important element of that.

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  Absolutely. We're following the actual IUCN guidelines on strategic environmental assessment. Rather than develop a new process, we're using the IUCN guidance to frame what the strategic environmental assessment will cover. We are working with all of the indigenous groups on that

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  We are dealing with the Mikisew Cree at all stages of the process.

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  That's actually two questions, so thank you for those. On the first, in terms of the identified resources for supplementary estimates (A), it breaks down to approximately $3.9 million for planning and negotiation. This is focused on areas of interest in terms of increasing the

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  To start, I would indicate that the response to the IUCN mission has a lot of different elements to it that are going to implicate a number of different departments. From an overall perspective, the response to the mission takes a certain process in which you have to go stage by

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper

Environment committee  Sure. Probably the way I would start is to say there's often a conversation around the idea of a balance in conservation and visitation. We tend to look at it slightly differently. We look at it from the perspective of how our social science tells us that actual visitations cre

June 12th, 2017Committee meeting

Rob Prosper