Ontario Releases Action Plan to Protect Biodiversity
McGuinty Government Protecting the Environment
Ontario is improving protection of its forests, lakes, animals, plants and citizens through the implementation of a new biodiversity plan.
The plan, Biodiversity: It's in Our Nature, identifies over 100 activities the province will undertake with industry, environmental and community partners over the next decade to protect biodiversity.
These activities respond to the recommendations of the Ontario Biodiversity Council's 2011 strategy including:
- Continuing to integrate biodiversity conservation in school curricula, as appropriate, from kindergarten to Grade 12.
- Identifying new ways to enable Ontario's carbon-intensive industries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Involving Aboriginal peoples in biodiversity monitoring, data collection and information sharing.
Protecting Ontario's biodiversity is part of the McGuinty government's plan to ensure a healthy environment for future generations.
- The word “biodiversity” refers to the immense variety of life on Earth, from microscopic insects to vast northern forests.
- Fifteen government ministries supported the Ministry of Natural Resources in the development of the plan.
- Ontario has partnered with Trees Ontario to plant 50 million trees across southern Ontario to help clean our air by removing about 6.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by 2050.
- The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund has helped restore nearly 24,000 hectares of important habitat. Completed projects have supported about 1,800 jobs and an estimated 214,700 hours of volunteer work for 17,300 Ontarians.
- The plan builds upon other initiatives introduced since 2005, including the Ontario Invasive Species Strategic Plan, the Endangered Species Act and the Great Lakes Strategy.
“We all have a responsibility to protect Ontario’s rich and abundant biodiversity. I am proud that Ontario has the most progressive biodiversity strategy in Canada, and I am very pleased that we now have this collaborative implementation plan to see it through.”