Canada : largest freshwater conservation area / EC : Natura 2000 (IISD / EU)

Read at : Linkages Update 2007-12-13

http://www.iisd.ca/media/biodiversity_wildlife.htm#areas

PROTECTED AREAS: CANADA SETS LARGEST FRESHWATER CONSERVATION AREA, EC EXTENDS NATURA 2000 NETWORK

As recently announced by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the largest freshwater protected area was established at Lake Superior, the biggest of the Great Lakes, encompassing more than 10,000 sq. km and including lake bed, islands and north shorelands.
In related news, the European Commission (EC) adopted four decisions that significantly extend the Natura 2000 network of protected areas in four biogeographical regions, concerning the adoption of an initial list of Sites of Community Importance in the Pannonian region in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, and the updating of the existing lists in the Atlantic, Boreal and Continental biogeographical regions.

Links to further information
Reuters News Service, 29 October 2007
EC press release, 13 November 2007

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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