Development of a multi-jurisdiction Action Plan to protect the World Heritage Values of Wood Buffalo National Park

Completion of the Action Plan

The Government of Canada and its partners are pleased to share the Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage Site Action Plan.

Development of the Action Plan

In its July 2017 decision, the World Heritage Committee requested that Canada develop an Action Plan for Wood Buffalo National Park by December 1st, 2018. As a result of a request from an Indigenous partner due to other processes which required Indigenous participation, the World Heritage Committee, at Parks Canada’s request, extended the deadline for submission of the Action Plan to February 1, 2019.

The goal of the Action Plan is to ensure the world heritage values (the Outstanding Universal Value) of Wood Buffalo National Park are maintained for generations to come.

To support the development of this multi-jurisdictional Action Plan, Parks Canada is playing a coordinating role on behalf of a Federal-Provincial-Territorial Coordinating Committee (FPT Committee) with representation from the federal government, the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories.

Details on the FPT Committee, the management structure for developing the Action Plan, and Parks Canada’s coordinating role are available here.

Structure of the Action Plan

The Action Plan has been developed in collaboration the FPT Committee and the 11 Indigenous partners of Wood Buffalo National Park, and in consultation with other Indigenous groups and stakeholders, including industry and conservation organizations. The Action Plan has been informed by the findings of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and is consistent with existing processes led by partnering jurisdictions (e.g. land-use planning).

The development of the Action Plan is anchored on the following 7 thematic areas:

Overview of the Process to Develop the Action Plan

Development and implementation of the Action Plan requires inter-governmental collaboration and the involvement of Indigenous groups, industry, conservation organizations and other stakeholders. Since the 2016 Reactive Monitoring Mission undertaken by Canada and its partners with the World Heritage Centre and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Parks Canada has been working with partners and reaching out to interested stakeholders on the related initiative of the SEA for Wood Buffalo National Park (completed in 2018) and the development of the Action Plan.

Public consultation on the draft Action Plan took place from November 19 to December 10, 2018. For additional detail on Indigenous and stakeholder involvement please visit our page on the engagement process.

The final Action Plan was submitted to the World Heritage Centre on February 1, 2019. The Action Plan will be posted to this website in the coming weeks. For more information about the Action Plan, including areas of specific interest led by various government partners, please follow the above links for each thematic area.

For additional background on the World Heritage Committee and its interest in Wood Buffalo National Park, please refer to our overview page.

For additional information on the Action Plan, please contact