NWSAR developed an Emergent Resolution for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) 2018 annual conference, in Halifax.
NWSAR was asking municipalities across Canada to vote in support of municipal involvement as recognized partners in the exploration of conservation agreements under sections 11 and 13 of the Species at Risk Act. This ask aims to achieve direct local government involvement in agreements set to support and improve survival and recovery of at-risk species, with appropriate management tools.
In addition, NWSAR was asking municipalities across Canada to vote in support of Canada recognizing that the objective of the Species at Risk Act is to ensure the survival and recovery of at-risk species' populations, rather than establishing the permanent protection of lands considered to be at-risk species' critical habitat. This ask aims to secure more pro-active adaptive management of at-risk species; working towards achieving practical recovery of populations and their habitat, rather than focusing on permanent land protection as the initial and final goals.
On June 2nd, a number of other resolutions were moderately debated and passed before NWSAR's resolution was debated. There was a lot of discussion and debate on our resolution, some support and opposition - when it came to the vote municipalities across Canada saw the benefits of having endorsed municipal involvement at the federal level in species recovery planning. As a result, our resolution passed with 78.6% of the vote. FCM will now advocate on our behalf, directly to the Government of Canada, to seek near-term municipal involvement as recognized partners for conservation agreements under the Species at Risk Act.
Thank you to all who voted in favour of our resolution!