The federal government is allocating nearly $60 million over the next three years to continue work protecting Wood Buffalo National Park.
Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced on Monday they would be using the funds to continue implementing commitments they’ve made under the Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage Site Action Plan.
This includes enhancing research, monitoring, and management of the Peace-Athabasca Delta, increasing protection of ecosystems, supporting the recovery of the Whooping Crane and Wood Bison, strengthening relationships with Indigenous partners, and more.
“The Government of Canada will ensure that Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage Site remains a treasured place for present and future generations,” said Wilkinson.
“Canada is recognized internationally for the effective stewardship of its natural and cultural heritage and we will continue to manage Canada’s World Heritage sites to the highest standard while contributing to conservation globally.”
The $59.9 million is in addition to the $27.5 million the federal government allocated in the 2018 budget.
The action plan was created after the UNESCO World Heritage Centre noted the site was deteriorating and needed to be protected immediately.