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Protect Wentworth Valley - Two Important Deadlines - October 6, 2023


Now is your opportunity to give input to the Nova Scotia Government. Please take note of these two important press releases. The deadline to provide your input for both of these is October 6th.



1. Province Seeks Input on Protected Areas Strategy


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


An online public consultation started on August 23 - see link below:

NS 20 by 2023 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 goal 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.



2. Environmental Assessment Process


The Department of Environment and Climate Change launched public engagement on modernizing the environmental assessment process https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20230830001 Environmental assessment is a planning and decision-making tool used by governments globally. It supports sustainable development by allowing consideration of overall project impacts at an early stage. The last major update to Nova Scotia's environmental assessment regulations was over 15 years ago (in 2008). The world has changed in the last 15 years, and it continues to change quickly.

This work is a goal legislated in the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act. Government has committed to modernizing environmental assessment in the Province by 2024, taking into consideration:

· cumulative impacts · diversity, equity and inclusion · independent review · Netukulimk; and · climate change.

Public engagement runs until October 6th, 2023. For more information, visit https://novascotia.ca/environmental-assessment-engagement. Through this website you can submit your input by:

  • Completing the survey

  • Using a Do-It-Yourself Workshop Kit to host a conversation

  • Emailing your thoughts and

  • Leaving a voicemail.

We encourage you to share this with your networks.


Please help us protect the unique and special ecological biodiversity of the Wentworth area.

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