Feds commit provinces to protect biodiversity

Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) was formally proclaimed into law on June 5, 2003. The legislation will help ensure the conservation and preservation of the country’s biological diveristy by providing more thorough assessments and recovery processes for species at risk.

The Act is one component of a three-part strategy, which also includes the Habitat Stewardship Program and the Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk. Most of the Act’s provisions take effect immediately, while others will be phased in to take effect in June 2004.

Waste management facilities should make themselves aware of any potentially endangered or threatened species that may use land they own. Industry stakeholders are advised to conduct wildlife audits of land they are considering for purchase as well as the flora and fauna that exist on the land.

(See the Final Analysis column, “Wild, Wild Life” in the August/September 2000 edition.)

Visit the SARA registry web site at www.SARAregistry.gc.ca