Department of Environment
The Minister of Environment is responsible for the overall coordination of the federal species at risk strategy, including the implementation of federal activities in support of the Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk in Canada (the Accord), the administration of the Habitat Stewardship Program for species at risk, and the Interdepartmental Recovery Fund.
The Minister of Environment is also responsible for the protection and recovery of migratory birds and species at risk on federal lands other than those under the responsibility of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans or those individuals under the responsibility of Parks Canada Agency. Under the Accord, it is understood that the provinces and territories will undertake actions and enforce prohibitions for the conservation of species at risk under their jurisdiction.
In addition, the Minister of the Environment is responsible for the initiation and facilitation of multi-jurisdictional recovery teams, and for coordinating the development of recovery strategies for species requiring the involvement of more than one jurisdiction. The Minister of the Environment will attempt to enter into agreements with provinces and territories for them to develop recovery strategies for species under their management responsibility.
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is responsible for the protection and recovery of aquatic species at risk under federal jurisdiction, other than individuals under the responsibility of the Minister of the Environment in the case of individuals found on National Wildlife Areas, and Parks Canada Agency.
The Minister is responsible for implementing the necessary conservation and protection measures under the Species at Risk Act for aquatic species on the legal protection list. Aquatic species to be protected includes fish or marine plant species defined as such under the federal Fisheries Act, and those which have been assessed against COSEWIC's classification criteria.
The Minister will work closely with both the Minister of Environment and Parks Canada Agency, to ensure common and consistent approaches within the federal government to protecting species at risk.
Parks Canada Agency
Parks Canada Agency is responsible for the development of recovery strategies for those species that occur in Canada primarily in national parks, national historic sites and other federal protected heritage areas under the authority of Parks Canada Agency. The Agency is also responsible for the management and recovery of species found in national parks and lands administered by Parks Canada Agency.
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