Municipal Affairs and Environment
Fisheries and Land Resources
June 5, 2018

Provincial Government Recognizes World Environment Day

Along with other governments, organizations and people across the globe the Provincial Government is recognizing today as World Environment Day. Led by the United Nations, June 5, is annually designated to encourage awareness of environmental issues and promote action for the protection of the environment.

The Departments of Municipal Affairs and Environment, and Fisheries and Land Resources work together on a shared mandate of environmental protection, promoting 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, wetland restoration and enhancement and focusing on environmental education.

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment is committed to environmental protection, waste management, water resources management, pollution prevention, climate change mitigation, and the wise management of our natural resources. Through its waste diversion programs, the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) promotes environmental protection by encouraging residents to participate in its Used Beverage Container Recycling program and the Used Tire Management program. The MMSB also works with communities and residents to take action to prevent illegal dumping and littering.

Through The Way Forward, the Provincial Government is taking action to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at

“World Environment Day is a time to reflect on what we can do to ensure a clean and safe environment for residents to live in Newfoundland and Labrador. Our government is committed to protecting the environment in our beautiful province, and I encourage everyone to take a moment today to recognize and celebrate the tireless work that we are all undertaking together to preserve clean and safe water and air. I thank residents for their dedication to helping organizations and governments at every level to protect and preserve our environment.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“As one example of our commitment to conservation of the province’s natural resources, the department is proud to continue its long-standing support for municipalities that take leadership roles in conserving habitat for wildlife through the signing of municipal habitat stewardship agreements with the province. Today more than 40 communities are involved and the number continues to grow. I look forward to visiting municipalities in the coming months to announce further agreements that will expand the network of environmentally-responsible towns and communities.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

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

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Fisheries and Land Resources
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2018 06 05                              2:00 p.m.