News Release - September 15, 2000
PLAN TO PROTECT RENEWABLE RESOURCES
The Province is developing an action plan to guide the biodiversity
conservation efforts of the provincial government over the next five years.
Biodiversity, or biological diversity, is defined as the variety of life on
earth and the interdependence among all species.
"Conserving biodiversity will protect the renewable resources upon which much
of the provincial economy, including agriculture, forestry and fishing, is
based," Environment and Resource Management (SERM) Minister Buckley Belanger
said. "To conserve biodiversity we need to work with Aboriginal peoples,
industry, farmers, ranchers, the public and other levels of government
recognize our roles and responsibilities and achieve balance between
environmental and economic agendas."
A steering committee, comprised of representatives from across government, is
co-ordinating this planning initiative. A discussion paper, Conserving
Saskatchewan's Natural Environment: Framework for a Saskatchewan Biodiversity
Action Plan, and a response questionnaire are now available to the public to
comment on the development of the action plan.
"Increasing environmental challenges requires a partnership approach to develop
public, individual and corporate solutions," Belanger said. "I invite your
comments on the vision, principles and objectives as listed in this document
and your recommendations for proposed actions and I look forward to the
development and completion of this important initiative."
Maintaining biodiversity ensures future opportunities are preserved for
economic goods and services including agricultural and forest products,
pharmaceuticals and the enjoyment of nature. Biodiversity also plays an
important role in the biological control of pests, pollination, grazing,
removal and storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide and flood control.
The discussion paper and questionnaire are available from SERM at (306) 787-
9038, toll-free at 1-800-567-4224 or SERM's web site
at:www.serm.gov.sk.ca/ecosystem/biodiversity. To ensure consideration, public
comments are requested by October 31, 2000.
For more information, contact:
Lin Gallagher, Co-Chair
Interagency Steering Committee
Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management
Phone: (306) 787- 2327