GFWC Publications

Canada's Industrial Concessions: A Spatial Analysis

(2014-02-27) Global Forest Watch Canada's new look at industrial concessions across Canada, including national datasets, maps and analyses on their distribution and extent. This bulletin looks at the coverage of industrial concessions across multiple jurisdictions, and compares their extent with protected areas and the area of anthropogenic disturbance.

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CNRL's Persistent 2013-2014 Bitumen Releases near Cold Lake, Alberta: Facts, Unanswered Questions, and Implications

(2014-02-06) Dr. Kevin Timoney (Treeline Ecological Research) and Peter Lee (Global Forest Watch Canada) provide an independent investigation of ongoing bitumen releases at Canadian Natural Resources Limited Primrose operations near Cold Lake, Alberta. They find that there are significant problems related to Canadian Natural Resources Limited and the Alberta Energy Regulator failing to inform the public and failing to adequately address operational problems.

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Human Access of Canada’s Landscapes

 (2014-01-09)  Industrial and other human activity is fracturing Canada’s southern and western landscapes, according to this new bulletin (and accompanying dataset) by Global Forest Watch Canada. Summary information is provided for the amount of human access in each of Canada’s 13 jurisdictions and 15 ecozones.

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Passages from the Peace: Community Reflections on BC's Changing Peace Region

(2013-12-09) Industrial activity is fracturing Northeastern B.C. on a scale unparalleled in Canada, according to this report by Global Forest Watch Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation. The report gives voice to concerns raised by First Nations and farming communities about the alarming pace of industrial development in the Peace Region.

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Canada's Intact Forest Landscapes: Partial Update to 2010 and Three Overviews

(2013-12-05) This bulletin accompanies a revision to Global Forest Watch Canada's Intact Forest Landscapes dataset in which we updated the extent of IFLs in Alberta forest ecozones and Canada's woodland caribou boreal population herd ranges to circa 2010.

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Environmental Incidents in Northeastern Alberta’s Bitumen Sands Region, 1996-2012

(2013-07-23) This new study, authored by Dr. Kevin Timoney and Peter Lee, found that environmental violations in Alberta's bitumen sands region are frequent, enforcement is rare, record keeping is dysfunctional, and there is a chronic failure to disclose important environmental incident information to the public. 

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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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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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