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WHEREAS the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) and embedded habitat protection legislation will have long lasting negative effects on rural municipalities in Alberta by limiting the ability of people and our province to grow and prosper; and
WHEREAS the spirit and intent of the SARA legislation is desirable;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties and the Government of Alberta lobby the federal government to repeal the current Species at Risk Act and rebuild it in a way that better respects the socio-economic reality, seeking a balanced approach (economic, environmental, social).
The AAMDC has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.
No response received to date.
The response received from Environment Canada outlined the Ministry’s recovery strategy and supporting action planning process for endangered and threatened species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The action planning stage includes evaluating the social and economic costs and benefits of actions and the integration of provincial management plans. Though this process works towards the request of this resolution, a recovery strategy is not a regulatory document and as such, it lacks enforcement. Based on this information, the AAMDC assigns this resolution a status oft Intent Not Met and will continue to advocate to the federal government and assess Environment Canada’s process to seek a balanced approach to enforcement and implementation related to SARA.