Fisheries and Land Resources
December 4, 2017

Provincial Government Accepting Applications to Establish New Mistaken Point World Heritage Advisory Council

A new World Heritage Advisory Council is being established to provide local input into the management of the province’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site at Mistaken Point.

The advisory council will include members who represent the local communities of Portugal Cove South, Trepassey, St. Shott’s and Biscay Bay, as well as one youth representative from the southern Avalon. These positions will be appointed through the Public Service Commission appointment process.

The remaining council members will represent local development groups, municipalities, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Provincial Government departments involved with tourism and Crown land management. These members will be nominated directly by each organization.

The Mistaken Point World Heritage Advisory Council will advise the Provincial Government on site conservation and presentation of the site to the public. It will help ensure the lines of communication remain open between the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources and local organizations and stakeholders.

Local community members and development organizations from the southern Avalon partnered with the Provincial Government to nominate the coastline of Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continuing local input and involvement in the long-term management of the site was a key element of the nomination proposal. Government is now delivering on that commitment.

Interested applicants can view a detailed description of the council on the Provincial Government website for Agencies, Boards and Commissions listed under Tier 2 opportunities: Mistaken Point World Heritage Advisory Council. For more information on the council and the application process please contact the Natural Areas Program at 709-637-2081.

“I am very pleased that the partnership between government and the local communities that was forged during the nomination effort will continue for the long-term management of Mistaken Point – the only provincially-managed World Heritage Site in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

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Fisheries and Land Resources
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2017 12 04                              11:35 a.m.