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Nature Audit reveals trouble for endangered species

The Story


With the release of its first "Nature Audit," the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) declares that Canada is not doing enough to conserve biodiversity. The audit is designed to assess the efforts and conservation priorities of the federal government. CBC Television's Natalie Clancy reports on Canada's score in regards to protecting marine areas and preventing invasive species from entering the country. Could we be heading for bankruptcy? 

Medium: Television
Program: Canada Now
Broadcast Date: May 26, 2003
Guest(s): Monte Hummel, Kevin Kavanagh, Reg Watson
Reporter: Natalie Clancy
Duration: 2:07

Did You know?


• The Nature Audit is part of a tradition of evaluating and publicly reporting findings on government environmental initiatives. Conservation groups often use strategic release dates to increase the impact of such studies. In 1999 a coalition of environmental groups turned up the pressure by issuing their report card on the eve of a meeting of federal and provincial wildlife ministers. The groups involved were the Canadian Nature Federation, Canadian Endangered Species Campaign and Sierra Legal Defence Fund.

• Monte Hummel is one of Canada's foremost environmental advocates. His lifelong dedication to environmental conservation was motivated by a mercury-poisoning incident that devastated the Ojibway community of Whitedog Falls, Ont., near his childhood home north of Kenora.
• Hummel joined the World Wildlife Fund Canada in 1978 and has been president since 1985.

• During Hummel's tenure as president, WWF Canada helped improve the status of 28 species on the Species at Risk list and double the amount of protected area in Canada through the creation of new parks and wilderness areas.


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