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Input sought on NS Protected Areas Strategy

Province Seeks Input on Protected Areas Strategy

Nova Scotians are invited to help shape the approach for protecting 20 percent of the province’s land and water by 2030.

An online public consultation started August 23, at the province’s Collaborative Protected Areas Strategy Engagement page.

The input will be used to develop the Nova Scotia Collaborative Protected Areas Strategy, which will outline how the Province will achieve its 2030 land and water conservation goals and identify next steps.

The deadline for public comments is October 6. The Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act requires the strategy to be developed by the end of 2023.

Backlands map
Mention the Backlands!
It’s a great opportunity to put in a plug for formally protecting all Crown land in the Backlands!
Click here for details on the map of the Backlands

“Protecting more land and water will benefit every single Nova Scotian today as well as future generations – conserving more of these precious resources will help fight climate change, keep drinking water clean and have so many more benefits,” said Timothy Halman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. “As we take the next steps to achieve this conservation goal, we want to hear directly from Nova Scotians – to get their innovative ideas, suggestions and solutions– and work together to create sustainable prosperity.”


Parks and protected areas strengthen biodiversity, provide habitats for our wildlife, and give us natural spaces for outdoor recreation to support our physical and mental health. That’s why we’ve made biodiversity and conservation a priority on Crown land. And we want to do more. I look forward to hearing from Nova Scotians about how we can reach our goal.

Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables

Quick Facts

  • The Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act has a goal to protect 20 per cent of Nova Scotia’s land and water by 2030, including working with the Mi’kmaq to create Indigenous protected and conserved areas in the province
  • the Province’s climate change plan, Our Climate, Our Future: Nova Scotia’s Climate Change Plan for Clean Growth, has five actions to protect and restore natural areas and ecosystems so they can help minimize climate impacts
  • about 13.2 percent of Nova Scotia’s land is protected; protection of the remaining lands in the 2013 Parks and Protected Areas Plan will increase this to 14 percent
  • Nova Scotia’s protected areas conserve the province’s biodiversity, unique habitats, coastlines, and natural landscapes and features, while providing places for people to connect with nature, and play an essential role in fighting climate change
Input sought on NS Protected Areas Strategy
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