Media Releases - 2009
Canadian Boreal Awards honour the Government of Manitoba, Dehcho First Nations, and RONA Hardware for protecting Canada’s Boreal Forest
Ottawa, December 1, 2009: The Canadian Boreal Initiative today presented the Boreal Leadership Council’s Boreal Awards to this year’s recipients, including the Government of Manitoba, RONA Hardware, scientist Fiona Schmiegelow of Alberta, along with other deserving winners.
They were recognized for their far-reaching vision, outstanding leadership, and collaborative initiatives to protect and sustain Canada’s Boreal Forest. During a gala ceremony tonight at Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier, the essential work of the award winners and finalists was recognized by a cross-section of Canada’s leading community, business, and Aboriginal leaders, politicians, and engaged Canadians.
“It was apparent to our selection committee that the nominees were a true example of outstanding political leadership and also individual action at the community level,” said Larry Innes, Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative. “Every success these leaders represent brings us closer to seeing at least half of Canada’s Boreal Forest protected and the remaining lands sustainably managed. Through a visionary approach to land use and stewardship planning, we can ensure a prosperous future for all Canadians.”
The 2009 Boreal Award recipients are:
As the world’s leaders prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, increasing attention is being paid to the carbon contained in Canada’s Boreal Forest. A recent report identified the Boreal forests of North as one of the most significant carbon stores in the world, the equivalent of 26 years of global emissions from burning fossil fuels, based on 2006 emissions levels. These largely peatland carbon stores were not recognized in Kyoto and need to be included in international climate change agreements going forward.
The Boreal Awards, chosen by a committee of the Boreal Leadership Council, recognize leadership, innovation, cooperation and excellence among those who live and work in Canada’s Boreal Forest region. All of the nominees have made an outstanding contribution to protecting the Boreal Forest and advancing the balanced vision of the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework.
The Canadian Boreal Initiative brings together diverse partners to create new solutions for Boreal conservation and acts as a catalyst for on-the-ground efforts across the Boreal forest by governments, industry, Aboriginal communities, conservation groups, major retailers, financial institutions and scientists.
The Boreal Leadership Council is made up of leading conservation groups, Aboriginal organizations, resource companies and financial institutions, all of which have an interest and a stake in the future of Canada’s Boreal Forest. Members of the Council are signatories to the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, and are committed to Framework implementation in their activities.
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