International Fund for Animal Welfare

International Fund for Animal Welfare

December 07, 2006 05:01 ET

Conservation on the Hill

Leaders from all parties stop by to talk conservation

Attention: Assignment Editor, Books Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA,ON--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 7, 2006) - Tuesday night, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) celebrated the launch of the book Gaining Ground: In pursuit of ecological sustainability on Parliament Hill. Close to a hundred political personalities from all parties made an appearance to discuss biodiversity, conservation, and to meet Dr. David Lavigne, editor and contributor to this collection of essays published by IFAW in collaboration with the University of Limerick (Ireland).
Beyond generating interest for conservation, the goal of the book and the event was to stimulate further cooperation and leadership amongst politicians, NGOs and corporations to address key environmental issues in the 21st century. "Finally, environment has become the number one issue in the minds of Canadians. We have been talking about this problem for a long time and now we must start acting on it" said Conservative MP Bob Mills, Chair of the Environment and Sustainable Development committee.
Gaining Ground is a reference tool for today's leaders looking to make conservation a value in their daily decision making processes. "This book stimulates human kind to think about the legacy we leave for future generations. We need to think more about the relationship between humans and wildlife" shared Liberal MP Alan Tonks.
The book contains 26 chapters written by a variety of conservationists, spanning the fields of conservation biology, fishery science, wildlife biology, ethics, economics, engineering, and the social sciences. The authors come from such diverse places as Australia, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, India, and the United States. A DVD was also created to reflect the main ideas developed in the book.
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Contact Information

  • Marie-France Lettre, Communications Officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare
    Primary Phone: 613-241-3982 ext. 225
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