Progress Report on Implementation of the Recommendations of the Panel on the Ecological Integrity of Canada's National Parks
What the Panel Said About a Long-Term Strategy for Ecological Integrity
One of the Panel's main messages was that Parks Canada does not have the critical science capacity to manage for ecological integrity. The Panel recommends major new investments, totalling $328.3 million over five years and $85.5 million per year thereafter to address internal needs and work with external researchers, adjacent park communities, business interests and other residents of greater ecosystems in which national parks are located (Table 1).
|Science and Planning|
|External Research Support||1.3||2.7||3.5||3.5||3.5||14.5|
|Conservation Data Centres||0.5||0.5||0.5||0.5||0.5||2.5|
|Emerging Issues Research||0.4||0.6||0.8||1||1||3.8|
|Monitoring & Rehabilitating|
|Ecological Integrity Monitoring||0.8||1.6||2.4||3.2||3.9||11.9|
|Communicating to Canadians|
|Interpretation and Outreach||2.5||5||7.5||10||10||35|
According to the Panel, the greatest challenge for Parks Canada will be to reorient its corporate culture to one that is more strongly focused on conservation. The Panel recommended that before any new funds are allocated, Parks Canada must improve its management of and accountability for ecological integrity by:establishing a senior executive responsible for ecological integrity as a full member of Parks Canada's Executive Board;
developing a Charter with ecological integrity as a core value;
developing an ecological integrity orientation program for all staff;
revising park management planning guidelines to establish ecological integrity as the central element;
gazetting wilderness zones in two national parks and announcing that the same will be done in all national parks within five years;
revising guidelines to reorient marketing;
revising the coding in the financial reporting system to track ecological integrity expenditures; and
preparing a long-term strategy for ecological integrity.
These actions or preconditions have been met. It is now time to focus on the longer range picture.