Protected Areas Registry

What is the Protected Areas Registry?

Welcome to the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Registry. Here you will find relevant information on all candidate areas and established protected areas under the Protected Areas Act, as well as information on the overall state of the protected areas network.

What is the Protected Areas Act?

The Protected Areas Act received assent on June 6, 2019 in the NWT Legislative Assembly and came into force June 20, 2019. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) solicited public feedback on the proposed legislation and a summary of comments received can be found in a What We Heard report. More information on the Act, including a plain language summary and fact sheet, can be found on ENR’s Legislative Initiatives page.

Candidate Protected Areas under the Protected Areas Act

Name Size NWT Region Date of Approval
Dınàgà Wek’èhodì 790 km2 North Slave / Tłı̨chǫ June 20, 2019
Ts’udé Nilįné Tuyeta 10,050 km2 Sahtú June 20, 2019

Protected Areas under the Protected Areas Act

Thaidene Nëné Territorial Protected Area

State of the Protected Areas Network

The NWT will be reporting every five years on the status of candidate protected areas and the state of protected areas established under the Protected Areas Act. The report also includes the overall state of the protected areas network in the NWT.

In 2016, a State of the Conservation Network Report was released. The first report under the Protected Areas Act is anticipated to be released in 2021.

For current priorities related to conservation network planning, including protected areas, refer to Healthy Land, Healthy People: GNWT Priorities for Advancement of Conservation Network Planning 2016-2021.