Fisheries and Land Resources
Municipal Affairs and Environment
June 5, 2017

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Marks World Environment Day

Today marks World Environment Day, which is acknowledged as the United Nations most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

The theme for World Environment Day this year is “Connecting People to Nature” and encourages people to experience their natural surroundings and participate in biodiversity and conservation-related activities.

The Provincial Government recognizes the connection between a healthy environment and the social, economic and spiritual well-being of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources works collaboratively with environmental organizations throughout the province to engage in stewardship activities to support a healthy environment. This includes increasing protection for wildlife habitat, improving provincial habitat management policies, restoring wetlands, and enhancing environmental education.

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment strives to ensure that residents live in safe and sustainable communities. Officials support environmental protection and enhancement by implementing water resource and pollution prevention regulations and policies, and coordinating environmental impact assessments.

“Newfoundland and Labrador is blessed with some of the most coveted natural areas in the world and we must ensure that we continue to raise awareness around what must be done to protect our beautiful province. On the occasion of World Environment Day I encourage everyone to take the time to get outdoors and connect with our abundant natural surroundings to learn more about the true beauty and value of our environment.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

“World Environment Day is an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate the incredible natural beauty of our province and to recognize the work that we are undertaking together to preserve clean and safe water and air. I would like to extend my appreciation to departmental officials for their hard work every day to safeguard our environment. I also thank residents for tirelessly assisting organizations and governments at every level to protect and preserve our environment – in Newfoundland and Labrador and across the globe.”
Honourable Eddie Joyce
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

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Craig Renouf
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2284, 632-8167

Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466

2017 06 05                              10:30 a.m.