Healthy Land, Healthy People Renewal – Public Engagement

What is this engagement about?

Protecting biodiversity through the establishment and management of protected and conserved areas, often referred to as conservation network planning, plays a critical role in maintaining our northern ecosystems—and is an important piece of the overall land management regime for the NWT. Conservation network planning encompasses a number of land management tools, such as territorial protected areas and special zoning requirements in land use plans.

The GNWT’s work plan and approach to conservation planning is described in Healthy Land, Healthy People: GNWT’s Priorities for Advancement of Conservation Network Planning 2016-2021. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) is seeking public input to inform the renewal of Healthy Land, Healthy People in 2021.

How do I participate?

NWT residents are invited to complete a short survey on territorial protected areas and the conservation network to inform future GNWT conservation planning.

You can find the survey here:

The deadline to provide feedback is February 8, 2021.

Once a renewed Healthy Land, Healthy People work plan has been developed, the public will be invited to provide further comment on the draft work plan.

How will my input make a difference?

Comments received though this public engagement period will be taken into consideration during the drafting of the next Healthy Land, Healthy People work plan. The new work plan will incorporate feedback from as many governments, groups and individuals as possible, including Indigenous governments and organizations, municipalities, environmental non-governmental organizations, business organizations, industry representatives and the public.

Where can I find related information?

Where can I find results?

Results from the public engagement will be summarized in a What We Heard report and made public once the engagement deadline has passed. Check back here following the engagement period.

Who can I contact for more information?

Conservation Planning and Implementation Unit

Department of Environment and Natural Resources