The Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy

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The NWT Protected Areas Strategy (PAS) is a community-guided planning process protecting culturally and ecologically important areas in the NWT.

It recognizes the need to balance conservation and economic development, while respecting Aboriginal rights and third party interests.

The following is an excerpt from the strategy website:

Developed by regional Aboriginal organizations, the federal and territorial governments, environmental non-governmental organizations, and industry, the Strategy was signed in 1999. Representatives from these organizations oversee the planning process through their participation on the NWT PAS Steering Committee.

The goals of the PAS are to protect special natural and cultural areas and core representative areas within each NWT ecoregion. Establishing core representative protected areas will help conserve diverse landforms, vegetation, wildlife, and habitats in the NWT.

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