Government began releasing maps today, Sept. 30, that, for the first time, show harvest allocations on the certified western Crown lands. The allocations announced last spring allowed 15 mills in Nova Scotia to harvest 185,810 green metric tonnes. Those allocations were scheduled to expire today, but are now extended for up to 90 days. During that time, government will engage with stakeholders, and long-term allocations will be released in the near future. “Sharing these maps is our first step towards keeping stakeholders more aware of where harvesting is taking place in the western Crown lands,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “People want to know how government is managing these areas in a responsible, balanced way, and we are being as transparent as possible. “The maps are part of the high standard of certification we are following as we harvest these forests for the wood-fibre products we all use,” said Mr. Churchill. None of the spring allocations is on land in the Parks and Protected Areas Plan, which has made Nova Scotia a national leader in conservation. The maps can be found at http://novascotia.ca/natr/forestry/maps-and-forest-info.asp .
In addition to promoting the work of the TRC, the new office will discharge a range of activities including training, monitoring and reporting human rights abuses, and raising public awareness on human rights issues and international humanitarians principles. During the opening ceremony on 2 May, addresses are expected to be made by Alan Doss, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Governance and Stabilization, and Rodolfo Mattarollo, the head of the UN Mission’s Human Rights Office.UNAMSIIL was established by the Security Council in October 1999 to cooperate with the Government and the other parties in implementing the Lomé Peace Agreement and to assist in the implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration plan. The Council revised the Mission’s mandate in February 2000, and expanded its size, which it did again in May 2000 and last March. As part of its mandate, the peace operation is to support the activities of UN civilian officials, including the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and his staff, human rights officers and civil affairs officers.The decision to establish a truth commission in Sierra Leone was made in 1999, to allow victims of human rights abuses to tell their stories.