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(2017-02-21) GFWC has recently completed updating our industrial concessions datasets, current to the end of 2016. Industrial concessions are agreements between companies and governments that allow for the exploration and/or exploitation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources and as such are an important indicator of the present geographic extent of industrial interest and potential resource development on the Canadian landscape. Our current datasets include: forestry concessions, mineral concessions, and petroleum/natural gas concessions. Note: GFWC is in the process of preparing an open data assessment on these latest geospatial datasets that will be sent out for review and published when finalized.
(2014-07-15) "Canada’s boreal forest is one of Earth’s major ecological treasures. Yet the region’s forests are under threat from logging, hydrodams and mining. Satellite data reveals a major new threat to Canada’s boreal forests—tar sands development." Read the GFW blog post here.
(2014-06-26) New Global Forest Watch satellite data reveals extensive forest loss in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes during the period 2000-2012. 6.8% of the forests in the Eastern Slopes were lost between 2000 and 2013 due to industrialization. This amount of loss is more than double that of the average throughout Canada’s forests and is also significantly greater than in Alberta’s tar sands region.
(21-03-2014) The World Resources Institute’s new Global Forest Watch initiative identifies 5 overlooked deforestation hotspots, one which is Canada's Tar Sands region. It includes an animation sequence of a portion of the tar sands region that shows forest loss annually from 2000 to 2012. The other forest global hotspots are in Paraguay, Malaysia, Ivory Coast, and the Atlanta suburbs in the United States. Click here to read the blog post.
(2014-02-27) Industrial concessions are agreements between companies and governments that allow for the exploration and/or exploitation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources. They are an important indicator of the present geographic extent of industrial interest and potential resource development on the Canadian landscape.
(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.”
(2014-02-06) 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.
(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.”
(2013-07-23) 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.