land use planning

Economic benefits of Nova Scotia’s protected areas estimated at $1.3 to $4.2 billion annually. (Major study quantifies natural value of ecosystem services in Nova Scotia’s Protected Areas)

(2013-06-28) Nova Scotia’s existing and proposed protected areas provide natural benefits in the order of $1.3 to $4.2 billion a year, according to a study released by Global Forest Watch Canada. The report examines the extent of natural capital – the forest, lake, river, wetland and barren ecosystems – and for the first time estimates economic values for the natural benefits these ecosystems provide in Nova Scotia. 

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The Inclusive Wealth of Nova Scotia's Protected Areas: A Preliminary Estimate of Nature's Benefits

(2013-06-28) This study estimates the benefits provided by nature, such as filtering our air and water, combatting climate change by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide, and flood protection, for existing and proposed protected areas. 
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Proposed new protected areas in Nova Scotia will help protect the endangered Acadian forests of North America

(2013-05-01) The proposed new protected areas currently being examined by the Nova Scotia government would conserve an additional 124,000 hectares of large intact forests, raising the overall level of protection to about 46% of all remaining large intact forests in the province. 

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Nova Scotia's Proposed Protected Areas: How well do they capture large intact forest landscapes?

(2013-05-01) This bulletin was prepared by Global Forest Watch Canada in order to assess the amount of intact forest landscapes captured in the proposed protected areas announced by Nova Scotia's Department of Environment in February 2013.

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Atlas of land cover, industrial land uses and industrial-caused land change in the Peace Region of British Columbia

(2012-12-13) Oil and gas development, logging, mines, large dams and other industrial infrastructure are having an alarming impact on natural areas and wildlife habitat in the booming Peace Region of northeastern British Columbia; a new science study released today shows. Global Forest Watch Canada's new report also maps industrial changes over the last 38 years from satellite imagery.

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Pimachiowin Aki: A Potential World Heritage Site

(2012-07-17) The nomination for the magnificent Pimachiowin Aki boreal region of Manitoba and Ontario was submitted January 18, 2012 as a candidate UNESCO World Heritage Site. Global Forest Watch Canada prepared one of the background studies that went into preparing the nomination. 

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Mapping Disturbances and Restoration-Protection Opportunities for Woodland Caribou within the James Bay Region of Northern Québec

(2011-12-05) This study was conducted because the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) expressed concerns about the potential devastating effects of industrial developments on woodland caribou within their traditional territory (in the James Bay region of northern Québec). The first report finds that with the current increasing rate of industrial disturbances in combination with forest fires, the prospect of these caribou supporting self-sustaining local populations in the near future appears to be declining rapidly. The second report maps restoration-protection opportunities for the caribou. 

At the International Society of Conservation Biology Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, in December 2011, representatives from the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) in Québec, Canada presented on the dramatic scientific evidence produced by Global Forest Watch Canada in these reports.

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Conservation-type areas in the Draft Lower Athabasca Regional Plan, Alberta: Implications for whooping crane and woodland caribou

(2011-09-22) The Alberta Government's recently announced Draft Lower Athabasca Regional Plan 2011-2021 allocates much more area to oil sands leases than to conservation areas for whooping cranes and woodland caribou, according to this Global Forest Watch Canada report.

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Nova Scotia’s Proposed Chignecto Wilderness Areas: Are they Capturing Intact Forest Landscapes?

(2011-07-28) Global Forest Watch Canada provides comments on the Nova Scotia government's proposed boundaries for the Kelley River and Raven Head Candidate Wilderness Areas in the Chignecto region. We found that the Chignecto region is the only area in the province with more than 20,000 ha of intact forest landscapes not having a core protected area. The two candidate wilderness areas protect a significant portion of the intact forest landscapes in the Chignecto area, but additional adjacent intact forest landscapes still remain unprotected, including a substantial amount on crown land.

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Canada's Terrestrial Protected Areas Status Report 2010: Number, Area and "Naturalness"

(2011-06-29) This study found that Canada has set aside only 8.5 percent (84.5 million hectares) of its land mass in permanent protected areas. This is more than four percent lower than the global average of 12.9 percent and more than six percent lower than the United States at 14.8 percent. The report also offers the first assessment of some of the significant recent progress in protecting Canada's wilderness between 2000 and 2010, the first decade of the 21st century.

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