Harper Government Announces Additional Support for New Wetland Restoration Project at Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary
Project made possible thanks to the federal National Recreational Trails Program
INGLESIDE- Guy Lauzon, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced the Government of Canada is investing an additional $100,000 to support a revitalization and conservation efforts at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
The Government is funding this project and others like it across Canada through the National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF), which includes $50 million for investments that support the goals of the National Conservation Plan, which was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in May 2014.
Investments under the NWCF will go toward projects that:
- restore degraded or lost wetlands;
- enhance degraded wetlands;
- help identify areas where restoration should be prioritized and monitor the impacts of these efforts through scientific assessments; and,
- encourage stewardship and wetland appreciation to build support with a variety of partners for future wetland conservation and restoration activities.
The first call for proposals under this program was issued in July 2014 and generated significant interest, resulting in a total of 47 funded projects across Canada, with a $7.2 million investment over three years. In 2015-16, the National Wetland Conservation Fund will invest over $13 million over the next three years to support more than 80 projects across Canada.