Auditor-general report slams Victoria’s failings over parks conservation

Posted on August 23, 2010. Filed under: Environment | Tags: |


Tweedsmuir Lake
Echo Lake in Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park.

While the Ministry of the Environment has a clear vision for conservation in B.C.’s parks, it is not meeting its goals, according to a new report by B.C.’s auditor-general

While the Ministry of the Environment has a clear vision for conservation in B.C.’s parks, it is not meeting its goals, according to a new report by B.C.’s auditor-general
Photograph by: Submitted photo, Tourism BC

The B.C. government is not doing enough to protect the ecology of the province’s 1,000 parks, according to a new report by B.C.’s auditor-general.

In the 23-page report, published Monday morning, John Doyle said an audit found that while Victoria had a clear vision for parks conservation, it didn’t have the plan to achieve it.

“Despite its declared intentions and clear vision to conserve the ecological integrity in these areas, the Ministry of the Environment is not meeting this goal,” said Doyle.

Conservation plans were incomplete or dated, he found. Policies were not being followed through consistently and little was being done to ensure conservation.

The audit looked at whether the environment ministry was meeting its goal of being a leader as a steward of ecological integrity, which includes protecting biodiversity and wilderness, water purification and erosion control.

The report can be viewed at www.bcauditor.com.

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