Aboriginal traditional knowledge: acronyms and glossary

Appendix 1: Acronyms and Glossary of terms used in these guidelines and in SARA

For the meanings of terms in this Appendix, refer to the section entitled definitions and abbreviations on the COSEWIC website.

  • Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee
  • Area of Occupancy
  • Assessment Criteria
  • Best Available Information
  • Canadian Range of Occurrence
  • Canadian Wildlife Species at Risk
  • CDC: Conservation Data Centre
  • CESCC: The Canadian Endangered Species Conservation Council
  • CITES: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
  • COSEWIC: Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
  • COSEWIC Candidate List
  • CWDC: The Canadian Wildlife Directors Committee
  • CWS: Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment and Climate Change Canada.
  • Data Deficient (DD)
  • Designatable Unit (DU)
  • DFO: The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
  • Endangered (E)
  • Extinct (X)
  • Extirpated (XT)
  • Genetically Modified Organisms
  • Imminent Extirpation or Extinction
  • IUCN: World Conservation Union (formerly known as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature)
  • Jurisdiction
  • Living Document
  • NACOSAR: The National Aboriginal Council on Species at Risk
  • Native Wildlife Species
  • Natural Range
  • Non-government Science Member
  • Not at Risk (NAR)
  • Population
  • Re-introduction
  • Special Concern (SC)
  • Species Specialist Subcommittee (SSC)
  • SSC Candidate List
  • Status Assessment:
  • Status Report
  • Threatened (T)
  • Wildlife Species

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COSEWIC press release: May 2019

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Assessment results (May 2019 COSEWIC wildlife species assessment meeting)

Twice per year, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) meets to discuss and evaluate the status of Canadian wildlife species. Here you will find the List of Wildlife Species scheduled for the next COSEWIC Wildlife Species Assessment Meeting, the results of wildlife species assessment meeting, and the updated COSEWIC Canadian Wildlife Species at Risk Publication.