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February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  You will see around Canada, and obviously in our places as well, some of the impacts that we're seeing in relation to climate change. Flooding is certainly something we've been dealing with up north in glacier melting. Particularly in Kluane, we're seeing some impacts. There's

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  That's right. We have a couple of initiatives under way. We're trying to complete the systems plans for both the terrestrial and the marine areas. This has to do with putting parks in areas that aren't currently represented. We're also looking at where we can expand to better p

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  We have developed, with partners, a specific management plan in that particular area. Obviously, one of the big concerns is the dead trees and the fuel load.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  The partners are the province and Natural Resources Canada as well. They bring a lot of knowledge and information to the table. Obviously the province has a number of concerns, so we're working with all those partners. We've invested a fair bit of money—and I don't have the actu

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Yes. That's been ongoing for a while, but we are ramping up efforts in response to the—

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  They're defined by the funding we have available, in part. We started last year with a number of new projects. There will be a number of new actions this season as well in terms of load reduction and prescribed burns.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  We are now required to post any significant project requiring environmental assessment under the new act. It's not a consultation per se, but rather a transparency process that allows Canadians to see what's going on in these places and to request input.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  That's a Natural Resources Canada project lead, and we are working closely with Natural Resources Canada and Environment Canada on how this might be rolled out. Certainly, Parks Canada lands offer a potential that we're looking at.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  That's our goal. You can't always predict the outcome of these things, but we're always moving forward. I'll add on the terrestrial side that other effective conservation measures have been recognized for places that aren't managed specifically for conservation, but the way in wh

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Yes, definitely. We share those with a lot of partners already, because climate obviously has no boundaries and it has impacts, and so we do that.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  I'll speak to Parks Canada and what we've contributed. Canada is currently at 12.1% protection on the terrestrial side. About a quarter of that, or about 3.5%, has been contributed by Parks Canada. We're hopeful that we might be able to contribute another 3% in the coming years

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  We're aiming to try to achieve another 3% by 2025.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  We don't have anything identified at the moment; however, we're always looking for opportunities to collaborate. In particular—

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  In particular we have the establishment of Thaidene Nëné in the Northwest Territories, which is a recent example of a collaboration around an indigenous protected and conserved area. The agency is always open to it, but we don't have anything on our radar on that now.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton