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(2014-02-06) Peter Lee, executive director of Global Forest Watch Canada and co-investigator, notes that the evidence gathered documents inadequate provision of timely information to the public, both on the part of the Alberta Energy Regulator and CNRL. He adds, “Both the Alberta Energy Regulator and CNRL have been slow to provide information and the information provided has been sparse and frequently inaccurate.”
(2014-01-09) “We produced this mapping and analysis using a range of datasets, including satellite images, to map the extent of Canada’s accessed and fragmented landscapes. The results show an overall steady increase in accessed and fragmented landscapes from the turn of the 21st century, especially in southern and western Canada.”
(2013-12-09) “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.”
(2013-12-05) “We updated the data from satellite imagery to map what remains of Canada’s intact forest landscapes. Although there were some methodology changes from our previous version dated approximately 2001, the results show an overall steady decline in Canada’s intact forest landscapes, with some areas dramatically declining.”
(2013-11) GFWC's Executive Director talks about the Global Forest Watch (GFW) network: a partnership that aims to provide the most current, reliable, and actionable information about what is happening in forests worldwide. GFW unites satellite technology and human networks to show where and how forests are changing, who is using them, and how we can sustain them for future generations. View Peter's TEDx Talk on YouTube
(2013-07-23) “The Alberta government’s disclosure process fails to deliver timely, accurate, error-free, and complete information. Procedures used to store and retrieve information from their database are dysfunctional. Because of the incomplete and error-filled data disclosed by government, the calculated incident rates should be viewed as minima of the true rates.”
(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.
(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.
(2012-01-18) Global Forest Watch Canada publishes a new instalment in a series on the environmental impacts of Canada’s major energy sectors and calls for a Canada energy strategy that includes good environmental information