Environment Canada’s mandate is to conserve and enhance the quality of the natural environment, including water, air and soil quality; to conserve Canada’s renewable resources including migratory birds and other non-domestic flora and fauna; to conserve and protect Canada’s water resources; to enforce the rules made by the Canada-U.S. International Joint Commission related to boundary waters; and to coordinate environmental policies and programs for the federal government. The Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), a part of Environment Canada, is responsible for the conservation of migratory birds, species at risk and biodiversity. The Canadian Wildlife Service, Pacific and Yukon Region is one of the key partners in the SOSCP and has contributed to the development of the program, its planning and coordination, and to its science base and in providing scientific expertise on projects. In addition, the Government of Canada has contributed substantial funding to all SOSCP Teams for Stewardship efforts related to the conservation and protection of species at risk under the Habitat Stewardship Program – a component of the Federal Governments strategy on species at risk.
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