About the AEN

The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) connects Albertans and environmental groups that are dedicated to preserving and protecting Alberta’s environment. As a non-profit and non-partisan organization, the AEN supports collaboration of the environmental community throughout the province.

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Connecting Alberta’s environmental groups

We are a network of individuals and groups working together on shared concerns. AEN members include individuals and representatives from member groups that connect, collaborate and share information.

The AEN is a link between the environmental community and government, industry, the media and all Albertans. View our current member groups.

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Albertans and environmental groups are welcome to join the AEN as members – there are memberships for both individuals and groups. Members contribute to preserving and protecting Alberta’s environment by sharing information and collaborating on shared issues. Learn more about becoming a member of the AEN.

The AEN supports an inclusive and diverse environmental community for all Albertans. 

Woodland Caribou herds declining toward extinction in Alberta

Provincial recovery plan for caribou authorizes more logging, and oil and gas development in Alberta’s foothills caribou forests

Rural and provincial conservation groups today distributed copies of a new provincial government recovery plan for Alberta’s endangered woodland caribou. The ‘Action Plan for West-Central Alberta Caribou Recovery’ authorizes ongoing logging and oil and gas development in the caribou home ranges north of Hinton and Grande Cache. The groups also displayed more than two dozen Alberta government and science reports, consultations and recovery plans for caribou released since the late 1970’s, showing industrial impacts on forests and wildlife as the root cause of caribou decline.

The groups highlighted the fact that the government did not act on the previous plans written since the 1970’s, while at the same time Alberta’s caribou population has declined by almost two-thirds, from a high of an estimated population of 7,000 - 9,000 in the 1960’s to an estimated 3,000 today. Last year, a Canada-wide scientific review found that Alberta’s herds of woodland caribou were the most in danger of extinction among all provinces. Logging and oil and gas allocations increased rapidly during the 1980’s and 1990’s and now blanket Alberta forests. Read more about Woodland Caribou herds declining toward extinction in Alberta

RCEN e-Bulletin — 25 November 2009

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November 25th, 2009

RCEN establishes a Strong Partnership with the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity


On November 10th, the RCEN and the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity signed a memorandum of understanding which will establish a collaborative framework between the two partners. This new partnership will promote greater awareness of the Convention on Biological Diversity amongst civil-society organizations in Canada and abroad. Read more...

Apply for Two Youth Eco-Internships until Nov. 27th!

The RCEN is pleased to offer two internship opportunities to Canadian youth between the ages of 15 and 30. Through the YMCA/YWCA’s Youth Eco-Internship Program, we are seeking one Youth Caucus Intern and one Biodiversity Caucus Intern to support these growing caucuses.

For details related to these positions, go to http://www.cen-rce.org/eng/jobs.html. The deadline for applications has been extended to November 27th.

Sierra Club Welcomes New Executive Director

The Sierra Club of Canada (SCC) has announced the appointment of John Bennett to the position of Executive Director. From 1998-2006, Mr. Bennett spearheaded SCC's global warming campaign. The RCEN wishes him all the best in this new position. Read John Bennett’s extended profile.

This Week's Headlines

Call for Nominations

Join the RCEN Agriculture Caucus Steering Committee

Announcements

Navigable Waters Protection Act Regulatory Development

Trees By the Shore - Communities encouraged to Apply Now to New Planting Program

CBC Documentary: Can we get rich.... and save our planet too?

Action Alerts

Sierra Club of Canada – Sign-on to Letter Regarding the Darlington New Nuclear Plant’s Review Panel

12dec09.dk – Support the Planet First–People First Demonstration in Copenhagen

Les amis de la vallée du Saint-Laurent - Sign the petition to declare the river a national heritage site

Resources

Study Investigates Cancer-Environmental Connection in NB Communities

IISD - A Sustainable Development Roadmap for the WTO

Employment

The Pembina Institute - Environmental Policy Analyst

Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition - Executive Director

For Climate’s Sake – Capacity Building Development Coordinator

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Ecological Integrity May be the Loser in New Banff Park Management Plan

The primary mandate for Banff National Park - managing to maintain the park's ecological integrity - looks like receiving short shrift if a proposed new management plan goes ahead unchanged. Instead, a shift towards maximizing the "visitor experience" receives a much higher profile throughout the new draft plan.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is calling for changes to the draft Banff National Park of Canada Management Plan to bring it back in line with the legally-required priority for National Parks: ecological integrity. The draft plan is currently going through an ill-defined public review period. Read more about Ecological Integrity May be the Loser in New Banff Park Management Plan

Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Canada Not Implementing Numerous Legal Obligations That Protect Fresh Water in Oil Sands

Ottawa and Calgary — The federal government is failing to enforce and implement numerous laws that are in place to protect the water — in many cases the drinking water — for tens of thousands of Canadians who live near oil sands operations. According to a new report released today, this failure affects people who live in Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, Fort MacKay and also in Yellowknife. Read more about Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Water for Life Renewal. Is it Too Little Too Late?

In Alberta, after six years of hoping the Water for Life strategy would make a difference, we are still a long way from achieving "healthy aquatic ecosystems."While Alberta Wilderness Association welcomes today's release of the Water for Life Renewal Action Plan, we are disappointed that despite years of consultation and work there is no urgency to meet healthy aquatic ecosystem goals.

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