Introduction


Introduction

Fundy National Park
Fundy National Park
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To protect for all time representative natural areas of Canadian significance in a system of national parks, to encourage public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of this natural heritage so as to leave it unimpaired for future generations.

Parks Canada Objective for National Parks

CANADA'S NATIONAL HERITAGE

As Canadians, we are increasingly concerned about the environment that will be inherited by our children. In a world of rapid change, our parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas are seen as models of environmental stewardship and as an important legacy to be preserved for future generations. They represent one of the most positive, tangible and enduring demonstrations of the federal government's commitment to the environment.

The federal government is committed to implement the concept of sustainable development. This concept holds that human economic development must be compatible with the long-term maintenance of natural ecosystems and life support processes. A strategy to implement sustainable development requires not only the careful management of those lands, waters and resources that are exploited to support our economy, but also the protection and presentation of our most important natural and cultural areas. Protected areas contribute directly to the conservation of biological diversity and, therefore, to Canada's national strategy for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.

Our system of national parks and national historic sites is one of the nation's - indeed the world's - greatest treasures. It also represents a key resource for the tourism industry in Canada, attracting both domestic and foreign visitors.

Grasslands National Park
Grasslands National Park
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The federal government is committed to passing on this priceless legacy not only intact, but expanded and improved. Parks Canada is the federal agency, within the Department of Canadian Heritage, with responsibility for national parks, as well as national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.


National Parks System Plan, 3rd Edition

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