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Canada-British Columbia Agreement On Species At Risk

Canada-British Columbia Agreement on the Species At Risk Act

BETWEEN

Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada (Canada) as represented by the Minister of the Environment responsible for the Department of the Environment (Environment Canada) and for the Parks Canada Agency and by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans responsible for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

And

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (British Columbia) as represented by the Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection.

(hereinafter the “Parties”)

WHEREAS British Columbia has a rich and highly diverse natural environment that includes a significant number of plant and animal species that are at risk;

WHEREAS Canada and British Columbia are both signatories to the Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk (Appendix A);

WHEREAS Canada and British Columbia believe that activities and programs relating to species at risk can be undertaken in a coordinated and cooperative manner;

WHEREAS Canada and British Columbia are committed to working together, and with other jurisdictions, orders of government and partners to prevent species from becoming at risk and to protect and recover species that have been identified as being at risk;

WHEREAS Canada and British Columbia recognize the roles of aboriginal peoples of Canada and of wildlife management boards and other bodies established under land claims agreements in the conservation of wildlife in this country;

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