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Sustainable Development Strategy 2007 - 2009

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A message from the Minister of the Environment

As Minister responsible for the Parks Canada Agency, I am pleased to present Parks Canada’s Sustainable Development Strategy . Parks Canada is the steward of some of our most enduring and cherished national treasures: our national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. These outstanding riches are at the very heart of Canada’s identity—they represent the very best of our natural environment and cultural vitality.

As its first priority, Parks Canada is committed to protecting the cultural and natural heritage of our special places, and to ensuring that they remain healthy and whole. This is what sustainable development is all about. Through sustainable development, we can meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Agency is also committed to providing relevant learning opportunities and offering memorable visitor experiences.

Parks Canada uses science and traditional knowledge to ensure that the significant cultural and natural features of our national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas are preserved for current and future generations of Canadians to experience and enjoy. The Agency is greening its own operations and its visitor facilities, to minimize or eliminate any potential negative impacts they might have. It is helping to educate Canadians about sustainable development. It is working together with partners, stakeholders, governments, corporations and Canadians, to conserve and sustain our natural and cultural legacies for the future.

Above all, the principles of sustainable development will help the Parks Canada Agency fulfill its role as the guardian of these exceptional heritage areas. As a leader in sustainable development, Canada is committed to continuing its work to minimize its impact on the environment. Parks Canada’s Sustainable Development Strategy provides a roadmap of how the Agency is systematically integrating the principles of sustainable development into its policies, programs, legislation and operations for the benefit of all Canadians of today and tomorrow.

The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of the Environment

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