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Formative Evaluation of Federal Species at Risk Programs

Formative Evaluation of Federal Species at Risk Programs

Final Report
July 2006

Prepared for:

Environment Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Parks Canada Agency

Prepared by:

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in cooperation with

Alison Kerry - Environmental Management Consultant
Hajo Versteeg - Environmental Law and Policy Advisor
Lise Labelle - Certified Management Consultant
Tom Shillington - Consultant

Acronyms and abbreviations used in the report

AccordAccord for the Protection of Species at Risk
ADMAssistant deputy ministers
ATKAboriginal traditional knowledge
CESCCCanadian Endangered Species Conservation Council
COSEWICCommittee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada
DFOFisheries and Oceans Canada
ECEnvironment Canada
GICGovernor in Council
HSPHabitat Stewardship Program
IRFInterdepartmental Recovery Fund
MOUMemorandum of understanding
NACOSARNational Aboriginal Council on Species at Risk
NGONon-governmental organization
OGDOther government departments
PC / PCAParks Canada / Parks Canada Agency
RMAFResults Management and Accountability Framework
RENEWRecovery of Nationally Endangered Wildlife in Canada
RIMSRecovery Information Management System
SARASpecies at Risk Act
SARACSpecies at Risk Advisory Committee
WMBWildlife management boards


The evaluation team would like to thank the Joint Evaluation Committee, composed of V. Neimanis and Doug Hyde (Environment Canada), Don Fraser and Mary Odorico (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), and Leah de Forest and Behrooz Ghorbani (Parks Canada).

We would also like to thank the numerous other individuals who provided assistance to this project, including

  • all interviewees who provided their insights on the Department's accomplishments and challenges in implementingSARA;
  • all those who participated in the electronic survey; and
  • all departmental personnel who responded to our inquiries and requests for documentary evidence, and provided detailed insights and comments crucial to the development of this report and the associated working papers.

Provided Under Separate Cover1:

Working Paper I:Summary Report on Results of the Electronic Survey
Working Paper II:Summary Report on Key Informant Interviews
Working Paper III:Polar Bear Case Study
Working Paper IV:Barrens Willow Case Study
Working Paper V:Garry Oak Case Study
Working Paper VI:Piping Plover Case Study
Working Paper VII:Wolffish Case Study
Working Paper VIII:Abalone Case Study
Working Paper IX:Summary of Assessment, Response and Listing Activities
Working Paper X:Recovery Strategy Responsibilities and Status

1 These working papers have been submitted to the three core departments and can be made available upon request to the evaluation units of the core departments.

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