Keys to Successful Implementation of the Endangered Species Act, 2007
|The Last Line of Defence: A Review of Ontario’s New Protections for Species at Risk|
This Special Report, submitted to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on February 24, 2009, reviews Ontario’s new Endangered Species Act, 2007 and recommends additional steps by the Government of Ontario to protect and recover species at risk and their habitats.
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- MNR should develop and consult on guidelines that ensure recovery strategies and management plans are robust, effective, and defensible in order to adequately protect and recover species at risk and their habitat.
- MNR should ensure that its response statements to recovery strategies and management plans are robust, effective, and defensible and that its commitments are fully implemented in a timely fashion.
- MNR should ensure that habitats are prescribed on an ecological basis, rather than being driven by economic or social constraints.
Use of “Flexibility Tools"
- MNR should rigorously apply the Act’s “overall benefit” test and the precautionary principle, including an assessment of cumulative impacts, when screening the appropriateness of authorizing activities that would otherwise be prohibited under the Endangered Species Act, 2007.
- MNR should exercise extreme caution in prescribing other statutes for exceptions from the Endangered Species Act, 2007, to ensure that only branches of government with a demonstrated track record in conservation are authorized to allow the harming of species at risk or the destruction of their habitat.