The NWT Protected Areas Strategy is Evolving

The founding charter of the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy (PAS) was co-signed by the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada, and included a vision, principles, goals and planning process endorsed by a multi-stakeholder committee representative of all the geo-political regions of the NWT. Between 1999 and 2014, a collaborative implementation of the PAS saw the establishment of Saoyú-ʔehdacho National Historic Site as well as the facilitation and advancement of over 12 community-based areas of interest for protection through the structured PAS planning process. Seven of these initiatives advanced to the stage of candidate area.

In 2014, a key premise of the Devolution Agreement was that decision influencing the NWT economy and environment are best guided and managed by the people who live there. As such, the GNWT developed the Land Use and Sustainability Framework (LUSF) for land management, in which decisions are collaborative, respectful of Aboriginal and treaty rights, made in the context of sound environmental stewardship, consider ecological, social, cultural and economic values to ensure maximum benefits to current and future generations, and are made primarily by residents of the NWT.

In this context, the GNWT has begun advancing broader conservation network planning, including both conservation areas and protected areas. Between 2016 and 2021, this means concluding the planning and decision making processes for each of the existing candidate areas, including those identified through the PAS process, and developing a renewed strategy for conservation network planning in partnership with Aboriginal governments and other partners.

This website provides historical information on the work done under the NWT Protected Areas Strategy. For the time being and as needed, content will continue to be updated but relevant material, including up-to-date information on existing candidate areas, is slowly being moved to the new Conservation Network Planning page.