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Report on the Minister's 2006 Round Table under the Species at Risk Act

Report on the Minister’s 2006
Round Table under the Species at Risk Act

December 6 & 7, 2006

Gatineau, Quebec

Executive Summary

The first Minister’s round table under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) took place on December 6th and 7th 2006.  The objective of the round table was to engage participants in a dialogue about improving the conservation of species and the protection and recovery of species at risk, including the role of SARA therein.  The 110 participants represented a broad cross section of Canadian society and provided recommendations for the consideration of the Minister of the Environment.

Discussions were structured around three key themes: using an ecosystem approach to protect and conserve species at risk; considering socio-economic factors to improve SARA decision making; and promoting Canada’s conservation legacy.  The purpose of the three themes was to guide the discussion and concentrate attention on areas where input would be most beneficial to inform federal implementation of species conservation and recovery efforts.  Prior to the meeting, the Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency solicited input from the public on the themes via a website.  In total, there were 14 submissions. These were provided to participants in a summarized form as background for discussions at the round table.

The Minister’s 2006 Round Table under the Species at Risk Act: Summary of Proceedings provides a detailed description of presentations, types of discussions and the recommendations submitted during the two day workshop. 

Building from the MRT Proceedings, this report, entitled “Report of the Minister’s 2006 Round Table under the Species at Risk Act” presents a synthesis of the recommendations received at the round table and identifies five key outcomes, two which cross-cut all themes discussed and one for each of the discussion themes.  These outcomes are:

  1. Increase overall efficiency in the implementation of SARA.
  2. Facilitate an increased involvement of Aboriginal communities, organizations, and wildlife management boards in SARA and improve consideration of Aboriginal traditional knowledge in SARA implementation.
  3. Improve the incorporation of the ecosystem approach into species at risk conservation and habitat protection, especially at the recovery stage.
  4. Develop a framework on how socio-economic analysis will be applied to inform decision-making under SARA.
  5. Promote a conservation legacy that supports species at risk conservation and encourages Canadians to adopt sustainable behaviours.

The Minister of the Environment, working with the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, will respond to these key outcomes, and his response will be posted on the SARA Public Registry in the fall of 2007. 

Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency  would like to thank all participants of the first Minister’s Round Table under SARA: your input is valued. 

Executive Summary