May 5, 2009
BOUCTOUCHE (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $25,000 through the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF) to support an environment-related project in Bouctouche. Environment Minister Roland Haché made the announcement today.
The funding is going toward the project known as A Town Resilient to Climate Change. The project aims to educate Bouctouche municipal officials as well as the public climate change adaptation.
"The ETF plays a vital role in achieving our goal of being a self-sufficient province by 2026," Haché said. "Through ETF projects, New Brunswick will foster environmental sustainability and ensure that communities around the province continue to be healthy places to live, be attractive to residents and be drivers of economic growth."
The Groupe Littoral et vie at Université de Moncton, a group working on environmental sustainability education, will join with the Town of Bouctouche on the project.
Workshops and on-site visits to flood and erosion-affected areas to see first-hand the effects of climate change will be organized and will offer opportunities for town officials to discuss various issues related to climate change adaptation.
Each year, the ETF provides significant support to community-based initiatives to restore, improve, preserve and protect air, land and water resources in New Brunswick.
The minister announced in April that almost $4 million from the ETF would be invested in 167 environmental projects throughout New Brunswick in 2009-10.
"I am pleased that the ETF was able to support this important project that aims to educate New Brunswickers about climate change," Haché said. "Engaging the people of this province in efforts to address climate change will be effective in helping our province to reach the goals of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan and achieve environmental sustainability."
The provincial government launched the five-year action plan in June 2007. As a result of the New Brunswick-led initiatives in the plan, greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced in the province by 5.5 megatonnes annually in 2012. With the addition of federal initiatives, the plan will result in a reduction of New Brunswick's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels in 2012. The achievement of these reductions will position New Brunswick to realize further reductions of 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.
Revenue for the ETF comes from about half of the environmental fee paid on redeemable beverage containers in New Brunswick.
More information about the ETF is available at http://www.gnb.ca/0009/0373/0002/0001-e.asp.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.