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Biodiversity in Ontario

SOBR 2015

May 6, 2019 – Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’.Biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people are our common heritage and humanity’s most important life-supporting ‘safety net’. But our safety net is stretched almost to breaking point”. Co-Chair of the Assessment Prof. Sandra Díaz (Argentina), says “The diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems, as well as many fundamental contributions we derive from nature, are declining fast, although we still have the means to ensure a sustainable future for people and the planet.”

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, established by member States in 2012. The objective of IPBES is to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.

April 24, 2018 – Federal government not doing enough to manage risk of fish farms, environmental watchdog says
Canada also not on track to meet 2020 biodiversity targets, commissioner says in spring report (CBC News)

Why you should put Ontario first while planting your garden (article by by thestar.com)

The future of global biodiversity?  (VIDEO – Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency)

August 2015 – The Ontario Biodiversity Council has released their 2015 “State of Ontario’s Biodiversity” Report.

Find out how Ontario has been progressing on 45 indicators towards its biodiversity targets since the 2010 Report.

Click here to download the PDF (12 pages)

Biodiversity is… the variety of life on Earth and is essential to sustaining the living systems we depend on for our health, economy, food and other vital services.

Ontario Biodiversity Summit (May 19-22, 2015)

Terry at OBS 2015On May 21, 2015 FOCA’s Executive Director Terry Rees moderated a discussion at the Summit: “Stewardship Works – How landowners, businesses and agencies collaborate for biodiversity.”

Read the event notice from March 2015:

Ontario Biodiversity Summit poster 2015Titled, “Protecting What Sustains Us,” the 2015 Biodiversity Summit in Niagara Falls is a chance to learn more about the state of biodiversity in our province and what we are doing to protect it. Hear from engaging and informative speakers, learn about best practices from around the world, and share ideas to help focus future conservation efforts. The diverse program will focus on conserving biodiversity, promoting sustainable use of natural assets and mainstreaming biodiversity in society. See the full program, here…

About the Ontario Biodiversity Council

FOCA has been a member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council since 2008.

In addition to hosting this Summit, the Ontario Biodiversity Council regularly produces the State of Ontario’s Biodiversity report, and led the development of the Ontario Biodiversity Strategy. The Council is made up of members from a variety of organizations including conservation and environmental groups, academia, Aboriginal organizations, government, industry associations.

“We encourage everyone to become engaged in both appreciating and conserving biodiversity. Every one of us has a role to play in reducing pressures on nature. We invite you to join our efforts to protect what sustains us.”

Engage People. Reduce Threats. Enhance Resilience. Improve Knowledge.

Ontario Biodiversity Council header 2015



Michelle LewinBiodiversity in Ontario