The Canadian National Fund (CNF) and five other conservation groups have come together to launch a national campaign in favor of federal legislation on endangered species. This effort has enabled the COSEWIC to broaden its mandate to include the consideration of invertebrate and non-vascular plant species. Protecting wildlife is essential for many reasons. It is a source of inspiration, feeds a sense of wonder, and is an integral part of nature's balance.
WWF focuses on preserving populations of the most ecologically, economically, and culturally significant species in nature. Ultimately, by safeguarding species, we are protecting our planet for future generations. The Endangered Wildlife Recovery (RENEW) initiative was launched with the support of Canada's Council of Wildlife Ministers to inform the public about progress made in protecting endangered species. The Committee on the Status of Canada's Endangered Wildlife was created to provide independent advice to the Minister of the Environment on the status of endangered wildlife species. Nature Canada launched a national campaign to protect the Suffield National Wildlife Area from expanding gas drilling operations, and succeeded in forcing public hearings on proposed development plans within the protected area. In the 1960s, television vignettes were used as a pioneering effort to engage the public in wildlife conservation.
The Canadian Wildlife Act was amended to include all terrestrial species of flora and fauna and all species found within 200 nautical miles of the Canadian coast, constituting the first parliamentary authority for the creation of marine protected areas in Canada. The Endangered Species Act was passed to help prevent the disappearance of wildlife species in Canada, ensure their recovery, and manage species of special interest to prevent them from becoming endangered or threatened. The Scott Islands National Marine Wildlife Area became the first National Marine Wildlife Area established under Canada's Wildlife Act. The Wildlife Area Regulations were modernized to better protect priority habitats required for the conservation of migratory birds, endangered species, and other wild animals in Canada.
Wildlife Service Canadabecame its own branch within the Department of the Environment in recognition of its growing responsibilities to protect nature.
The Grasslands and You campaign was launched to inform and inspire people from all backgrounds about the many benefits that rangelands provide to human and wildlife communities. In response to the Canadian Endangered Species Coalition campaign, federal and provincial ministers agreed on a national agreement for the protection of endangered species. WWF has partnered with e-commerce and social media companies to adopt a standard wildlife policy framework for online commerce in order to combat illegal wildlife trade through web-based platforms. The Canadian Wildlife Act was passed, allowing for the creation, management, and protection of national wildlife areas. This legislation has enabled Canadians to take part in conservation efforts that will help protect our planet's precious wildlife for generations to come. The CNF and its partners have made great strides in engaging Canadians in wildlife conservation efforts. Through campaigns such as RENEW, Grasslands and You, and Endangered Species Coalition, Canadians have been informed about progress made in protecting endangered species.
The Canadian Wildlife Act has provided parliamentary authority for creating marine protected areas and modernizing regulations for protecting priority habitats. Finally, WWF has partnered with e-commerce companies to adopt a standard wildlife policy framework for online commerce. By taking part in these initiatives, Canadians can help ensure that our planet's precious wildlife is safeguarded for future generations. Through education, advocacy, and collaboration with government agencies and other conservation groups, we can make a real difference in protecting our planet's biodiversity.