Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment is the major department responsible for protecting biodiversity in the province.
Saskatchewan has enacted a number of pieces of legislation and related regulations to protect biodiversity. These acts are listed below. For more information on each, see the Saskatchewan Environment website.
Encourages private landowners, conservation organizations and governments to protect ecologically sensitive lands and natural areas through voluntary agreements.
Protects unique, natural ecosystems and landscape features through the designation of Crown land as ecological reserves.
Provides a mechanism for requiring and undertaking impact assessment and evaluation. Ministerial approval is required before a proponent may proceed with a development, and terms and conditions may be imposed on the approval to mitigate impacts.
Protects the air, land and water resources of the province through regulating and controlling potentially harmful activities and substances.
Enables sustainable management of fisheries resources by affirming provincial ownership of fish, creating a provincial licensing system, and regulating allocation of fish resources, fish marketing, aquaculture, sport fishing and commercial fishing.
Allows the department to implement a new framework for sustainably managing Saskatchewan's forest resources.
Ratifies and validates the Grasslands National Park Agreement and allows the province to transfer land to the federal government for inclusion in the Grasslands National Park.
Establishes the province's mandate to manage, protect, conserve and develop renewable resources in a sustainable manner.
Provides authority for the management, administration and disposition of park land and park land reserves.
Provides for the prevention, detection and suppression of prairie and forest fires originating in provincial forests, parks and on unoccupied Crown lands. It also governs compensation for conscripted fire fighters and authorizes establishment and regulation of fire bans and burning permit areas.
Creates authority for the management and transfer of Crown lands.
Allows the Minister to assist local governments and agencies in establishing regional parks and agencies to increase availability of parks to the public.
Provides for public accountability in reporting of environmental conditions and activities through the preparation and release of a State of the Environment Report every two years.
Provides for the management, conservation and protection of wildlife resources through the issuance and revocation of licences, the prosecution of wildlife offenses and the establishment of annual hunting seasons.
Provides for the management, conservation and protection of wildlife lands and wildlife by preventing the sale and alteration of certain Crown lands.