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West Coast Environmental Law joined 200 environmental groups from across Canada in sending an open letter urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, support Indigenous-led conservation, restore ecosystems and advance environmental justice.

Author: Multiple Authors
Publication Date: November 2021
Pages: 15
Indigenous Laws in the Context of Conservation cover

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) are defined by the Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) as “lands and waters where Indigenous governments have the primary role in protecting and conserving ecosystems

Author: Georgia Lloyd-Smith, WCEL, Larry Innes, Olthuis Kleer Townshend, Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership - University of Guelph
Publication Date: March 2021
Pages: 36
Shipping in MPAs report covers

Canada's existing marine protections do not adequately consider or mitigate the impacts of shipping, leaving marine life to contend with a number of stressors, including underwater noise, ship strikes, and vessel discharges, even in areas designated as protected. 

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, WWF Canada, East Coast Environmental Law
Publication Date: February 2021
Regulating the West Coast Cruise Industry Cover

While the COVID-19 pandemic has been a once-in-a-century global tragedy, one of its unforeseen impacts was a welcome reprieve for marine and coastal ecosystems from the massive amount of cruise ship pollution that is discharged off the Pacific Coast of Canada each year.

Author: West Coast Environmental Law, Stand.earth
Publication Date: February 2021
Pages: 35