Ecological Integrity: Unpackaging a Mnemonic “EIPSEPR”
Have you ever heard of mnemonics? They are valuable tools for encoding, storing, and recalling information. An example of a mnemonic is “EIPSEPR,” which represents the concepts of Ecological Integrity, Preserve, Support Ecosystems, Protect, and Respect. To better comprehend these ideas, let’s examine them more closely below.
Ecological Integrity: Did you know? “Ecological integrity” refers to the overall health of all-natural features within a park, including living and non-living elements, as outlined in The Canada National Parks Act, S.C. 2000, c. 32, sub-s 2 (1).
Preserve: Preserving native species and their populations and maintaining other crucial factors in the composition of the environment is of utmost importance in safeguarding ecological integrity.
Before starting any projects on Crown land near water sources such as dams, marinas, jetties, or sand extraction sites, it is crucial to obtain government approval based on democratic principles. This public consent process will help ensure that human actions do not cause harm to the environment. A natural watershed could be considered a more sustainable water repository to minimize the impact on groundwater and reduce human degradation of ecosystems.
It is essential to recognize that often each water source has its unique watershed – a designated land area that directs water to a specific body of water. Precipitation, such as rain and snow, collects within these watersheds and eventually flows into rivers and streams, becoming a part of larger bodies of water like lakes and oceans.
Support Ecosystems: River and lake banks, for example, are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna that are part of an intricate web of ecosystems that protect water quality and prevent bank erosion. Altering waterways through dams, locks, reservoirs, weirs, and channels can threaten endangered species.
Protect: To maintain ecological integrity, plans must mitigate ecological threats on Crown land, and obligations to protect, preserve, and restore may also extend to the non-Crown ground.
Respect: It is essential to keep in mind that the health of our planet and its inhabitants are interlinked. It is crucial to prioritize promoting and protecting ecosystems to preserve ecological integrity. Respecting the environment is critical and often reflects your well-being and self-worth. Let us always remember these essential principles.
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