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Taking Action on Biodiversity

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Taking Action on Biodiversity

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario's economic prosperity and general well-being depend on biodiversity.

Building on Ontario's accomplishments to date, Biodiversity: It's in Our Nature presents the government's action plan for the following recommendations from the Ontario Biodiversity Council's 2011 strategy:

Engage People

  • Continue to integrate biodiversity conservation in school curricula, as appropriate, from kindergarten to Grade 12, to generate awareness among students.
  • Use Ontario Parks and resource management programs like Family Fishing Week and Learn to Camp to increase biodiversity awareness and understanding.
  • Explore opportunities to develop and implement a Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights.
  • Raise awareness of the health hazards associated with air quality, extreme weather and climate change.

Reduce Threats

Enhance Resilience

  • Successfully complete the implementation of the 50 Million Tree Program to maintain and enhance species habitats.
  • Provide guidance and information to municipalities to encourage development of urban biodiversity and green infrastructure strategies.

Improve Knowledge

  • Promote research that explores the factors that motivate people to conserve biodiversity.
  • Support research in clean technology and bioeconomy sectors.
  • Continue to update Ontario's Ecological Footprint analysis to monitor Ontario's growth and consumption of natural resources.
  • Involve Aboriginal peoples in biodiversity monitoring, data collection and information sharing to establish a long-term biodiversity monitoring system.

Media Contacts

  • Alan Dextrase

    Biodiversity Branch


  • Media calls only: Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch




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