UNESCO/BC Hydro/Bennett Dam/Peace-Athabasca Delta


READ: Petition to the world heritage committee – p. 7-9, 17-21, 28 Reactive monitoring mission to wood buffalo national park – p. 1-3, 15-21, 26-28, 40-43 You have recently been hired as the Environmental Science Advisor for BC Hydro. Your first task is to provide a 10-page ‘Response’ to UNESCO’s 2017 report of the Reactive Monitoring Mission to Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada. Your document will contain a commentary and critique of statements referring to the perceived role of the WAC Bennett Dam on the Peace-Athabasca Delta. It is expected that the document will include key data that support BC Hydro’s contention that the dam has had limited influence on the delta’s hydrological conditions and will make reference to peer-reviewed literature. Introduction (1 page) -introduce and comment on UNESCO report that rationalizes the need for your report -state objective of your report Summary of key data (8 pages) -provide examples (from lecture and literature) that demonstrate the role of climate change as well as other local effects on the pad -examples should include hydrometric data and paleo-environmental reconstructions (and should include both graphs and accompanying text that describes and interprets the data) -organize your examples in a logical sequence Conclusion 1 page or half a page -synthesize your summary of key data into concluding statements References

UNESCO Response – assignment Mikisew_Petition_respecting_UNESCO_Site_256_-_December_8_2014 (3) WBNP_RMM_report_published version_20170310

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The Wood Buffalo National park is a national park that is located in the Boreal Plains in northeastern Alberta and the southern Northwest regions located in Canada (Nishi,  Shury & Elkin, 2006). The national park was instituted in 1922 and was later expanded in 1926 with an aim offering protection to the hugest free wandering bison herd in the universe. The Wood Buffalo National Park covers 44,800 kilometers squared and therefore it is considered as the largest national parks in Canada. The Wood Buffalo National park has a significant ecological worth that is not exceeded in Canada. The Wood Buffalo National park is home to four distinct forms of landscapes that includes glaciated plains, plateaus that are glacially eroded, freshwater delta and alluvial river lowlands. The landscape of this park offers diverse habitats for an amazing variety of fish, mammals and migratory birds.