Newfoundland and Labrador has many protected areas that can be considered Components 1, 2, or 3 in a biodiversity-conserving framework. It is clear, however, that this framework is not yet strong enough to support its conservation goals-there are still too many gaps, too many ecoregions and species left without protection. Consequently, the Province has undertaken analysis and scientific consultation-to identify both the gaps in our existing protected areas network and the best ways to fill them.
Based on this research, and preliminary expert consultations, the Province has created a draft Protected Areas Strategy for improving our protected areas network. In the future, it will outline this strategy and take its consultations to the public, for your input.
Together, the Province and the people of Newfoundland and Labrador can create a protected areas network that will ensure the survival of the natural heritage we treasure, for all those who come after us.