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Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada




The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) determines the national status of wild Canadian species suspected of being at risk and has the power to make emergency designations in order to speed up the recovery process. COSEWIC bases its decisions on the best up-to-date scientific information available.

This web site provides the mandate and brief history of COSEWIC, as well as the definitions of terms and risk categories. Visitors to the site can also search engine the current species lists. Many species at risk are dependent on wetlands. For example, in November 1999, COSEWIC made its first emergency designation for the Oregon Spotted Frog (a wetland-dependant amphibian). More information is available on the web site.

Additional Information:

Regions: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Canada, Nunavut

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