COSEWIC, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, has for more than 20 years determined the national status of wild species considered to be at risk of extirpation or extinction in Canada. Status determinations are best judgements based upon available scientific information embodied in detailed status reports. They are predictions of a species’ probable fate if present trends and conditions continue. The contracting, editing, and preparation of status reports are in the hands of taxonomically-based subcommittees of COSEWIC and their chairs. COSEWIC currently has a permanent membership consisting of the subcommittee chairs plus federal, provincial, and territorial jurisdictions and agencies, and non-governmental organizations, each of which sends delegates. COSEWIC has considered 456 species since 1978; 307 species are now on a respected national “List of Species at Risk,” which grows each year. Pending federal legislation will necessitate a number of changes to COSEWIC, including...
Green, David M.. 1999. Species Risk Designation at the Canadian Federal Level: A Changing Role for the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, COSEWIC
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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