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Canadian Species at Risk (November 2003)

COSEWIC subcommittees (2004)



The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife
in Canada (COSEWIC)
was created in 1977 as a result of a
recommendation at the Federal-Provincial Wildlife
Conference held in 1976.

It arose from the need for a single, official,
scientifically sound, national classification
of wildlife species at risk.

In 1978, COSEWIC designated its first species and
produced its first list of
Canadian species at risk.

In 2002, COSEWIC celebrated 25 years of
science-based assessment of the status of species
at risk in Canada.

On June 5th 2003, the Species at Risk Act (SARA)
was proclaimed. SARA establishes COSEWIC as an
advisory body, ensuring that species will continue to
be assessed under a rigorous and independent
scientific process.


Environment Canada          Environnement Canada

Canadian Wildlife Service          Service canadien de la faune

The Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada, provides full administrative and financial support to the COSEWIC Secretariat.


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