Editorial: Performance review needed for Newfoundland/Labrador PAs

The Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Program (WAER) is the primary mechanism the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has available to establish true protected areas. Wilderness Reserves are large areas intended to protect intact wilderness while Ecological Reserves are generally smaller and are used to protect specific natural features such as a seabird colony or rare plant site.

With only one new, fully established reserve created in the last 10 years, the provincial government has failed to meet national commitments. That’s the first reason for this letter. The second is that the Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council has been inactive because no members have been appointed, contrary to the WAER Act.

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