Natural Resources Strategy Development Begins

Department of Natural Resources

May 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Public consultation will play a critical role in the three-year process being used to develop a new strategy governing Nova Scotia's natural resources, says David Morse, Minister of Natural Resources.

"Our province is rich in natural assets," Mr. Morse said today, May 1. "We know that individuals have sometimes widely divergent views on how those resources can be best managed. We need all those perspectives as we prepare this long-term strategy."

The strategy will include four key components: forests, minerals, parks and biodiversity (the connectedness and diversity among and within plant and animal species in an ecosystem).

Over the next several months, staff at the Department of Natural Resources and Voluntary Planning will prepare for the January 2008 launch of a year of public consultations.

"The issues affecting our natural resources are complex and detailed," said Mr. Morse. "We will spend the next several months finding ways to ensure that we hear from the broadest possible cross-section of citizens.

"We want to know what people want to see in their parks 10 years from now. We want debate, for example, that thoughtfully weighs today's environmental concerns with our province's need for the economic stability provided by jobs in rural, resource-based businesses."

After Voluntary Planning has completed its consultations, it will report to an external, impartial panel charged with using this information in the development of the actual strategy.

"We have a big job ahead of us," said Mr. Morse. "Throughout the entire three years, we will have a strong emphasis on keeping the lines of communication open. We will keep people updated on our progress and the issues being considered."

Mr. Morse said the process will help strengthen understanding of issues and the department's relationship with the public, partners and interested groups.

"I believe that, with the help of Nova Scotians, we can also shape a strategy that builds a better future for Nova Scotians through responsible, well-planned management of our natural resources."


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     Public consultation will play a critical role in the three-

year process being used to develop new strategies governing Nova

Scotia's natural resources, says Natural Resources Minister David

Morse.

     Over the next several months, staff at the Department of

Natural Resources and Voluntary Planning will prepare for the

January 2008 launch of a year of public consultations.

     Mr. Morse says the issues affecting our natural resources

are complex and detailed. He says the department wants to

encourage debate that thoughtfully weighs today's environmental

concerns with Nova Scotia's need for rural, resource-based

businesses.

The strategy will address management of the province's

forests, minerals, parks and biodiversity.

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Media Contact: Diane LeBlanc
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              902-424-2354
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