Biodiversity report releases action agenda

February 26, 2019
Lisa Weighton

A new report on the state of biodiversity loss in Canada warns that if Canadian policy makers don’t take drastic action, the country’s iconic species like the polar bear and the loon could be lost forever. 

Biodiversity Conservation: A call for action for Canadian decision makers was co-authored by 20 prominent Canadian women in science and conservation including Dr. Ann Dale and Dr. Leslie King, professors in the School of Environment and Sustainability

The report was released in Ottawa Feb. 25 to federal members of parliament and provincial premiers.

“The latest evidence on biodiversity loss worldwide makes it clear that we must act now to avoid unimaginable natural poverty,” says Dale. “There is no second chance from extinction.” 

The report presents a 24-point action agenda and suggests new strategies for informing Canadians about nature: designing cities with natural connections and using new technology and the arts to talk about protecting lands, waters and wildlife. It also includes bold asks for policymakers, like the creation of new protected areas, more partnerships with Indigenous Peoples and enforcement of species at risk legislation.

Read the full report.