2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets for Canada

Quote from The Honourable J. Michael Miltenberger, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories

 

“Biodiversity is important to the people of the Northwest Territories. Wildlife, water and the environment are integral to the wellbeing of all Northwest Territories residents and will be forever linked to the culture of our communities. The Government of the Northwest Territories supports Canada’s 2020 goals and targets.”

-- The Honourable J. Michael Miltenberger, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories

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Quote from The Honourable Gord Mackintosh, Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship, Government of Manitoba

 

“Canada’s 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets align with initiatives already underway in Manitoba as outlined in “TomorrowNow-Manitoba’s Green Plan”, an eight-year strategy that will protect the environment while ensuring a sustainable economy in Manitoba. I look forward to collaborating with my federal, provincial and territorial counterparts to protect biodiversity across our country. “

-- The Honourable Gord Mackintosh, Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship, Government of Manitoba

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Quote from The Honourable Scott Moe, Minister of Environment, Government of Saskatchewan

 

“The Government of Saskatchewan, through the Ministry of Environment, is supportive of Canada’s aspirational 2020 biodiversity goals and targets, and the reporting on progress at the national level. All Canadians have a role in contributing towards each target. Conservation and sustainable use of our natural resources is a shared responsibility.”

-- The Honourable Scott Moe, Minister of Environment, Government of Saskatchewan

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Canada’s biodiversity goals and targets for 2020 complement the Canadian Biodiversity Strategy and the Biodiversity Outcomes Framework, and focus on Canada’s biodiversity priorities in the coming years. They will guide further action on the conservation and sustainable use of living resources in Canada and provide the basis for measuring and reporting on progress. Canada’s national goals and targets support the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 adopted by Canada and other Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010. These goals and targets are aspirational objectives that Canada will strive to achieve by 2020 and are intended to encourage and promote collective action. They are goals and targets for Canada as a whole and progress will be reported at the national level.

Download a PDF version of the 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets for Canada (PDF; 232 KB)

Preamble

In order to achieve their long-term biodiversity outcomes, federal, provincial and territorial governments developed the following set of new medium-term goals and targets. These aspirational goals and targets describe results to be achieved through the collective efforts of a diversity of players both public and private whose actions and decisions have an impact on biodiversity. Governments need to do their part but cannot act alone.

Implementation of the goals and targets will rely on meaningful, full and effective participation of Aboriginal peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. In this respect, while Aboriginal traditional knowledge and customary use of biological resources are specifically highlighted under targets 12 and 15, the traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of Aboriginal communities are relevant for implementing all of Canada’s biodiversity goals and targets, as is protecting and encouraging customary use of biological resources compatible with their conservation and sustainable use.

Local communities, urban and regional governments, business and industry, conservation and stewardship groups, educational and scientific institutions and citizens are also all able to contribute.  Canadians are invited to commit to doing their part and to share the results of their efforts.

  • Target 1. By 2020, at least 17 percent of terrestrial areas and inland water, and 10 percent of coastal and marine areas, are conserved through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures. More information on Target 1...

  • Target 2. By 2020, species that are secure remain secure, and populations of species at risk listed under federal law exhibit trends that are consistent with recovery strategies and management plans. More information on Target 2...

  • Target 3. By 2020, Canada's wetlands are conserved or enhanced to sustain their ecosystem services through retention, restoration and management activities. More information on Target 3...

  • Target 4. By 2020, biodiversity considerations are integrated into municipal planning and activities of major municipalities across Canada. More information on Target 4...

  • Target 5. By 2020, the ability of Canadian ecological systems to adapt to climate change is better understood, and priority adaptation measures are underway. More information on Target 5...

  • Target 6. By 2020, continued progress is made on the sustainable management of Canada's forests. More information on Target 6...

  • Target 7. By 2020, agricultural working landscapes provide a stable or improved level of biodiversity and habitat capacity. More information on Target 7...

  • Target 8. By 2020, all aquaculture in Canada is managed under a science-based regime that promotes the sustainable use of aquatic resources (including marine, freshwater and land based) in ways that conserve biodiversity. More information on Target 8...

  • Target 9. By 2020, all fish and invertebrate stocks and aquatic plants are managed and harvested sustainably, legally and applying ecosystem-based approaches. More information on Target 9...

  • Target 10. By 2020, pollution levels in Canadian waters, including pollution from excess nutrients, are reduced or maintained at levels that support healthy aquatic ecosystems. More information on Target 10...

  • Target 11. By 2020, pathways of invasive alien species introductions are identified, and risk-based intervention or management plans are in place for priority pathways and species. More information on Target 11...

  • Target 12. By 2020, customary use by Aboriginal peoples of biological resources is maintained, compatible with their conservation and sustainable use. More information on Target 12...

  • Target 13. By 2020, innovative mechanisms for fostering the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are developed and applied. More information on Target 13...

  • Target 14. By 2020, the science base for biodiversity is enhanced and knowledge of biodiversity is better integrated and more accessible. More information on Target 14...

  • Target 15. By 2020, Aboriginal traditional knowledge is respected, promoted and, where made available by Aboriginal peoples, regularly, meaningfully and effectively informing biodiversity conservation and management decision-making. More information on Target 15...

  • Target 16. By 2020, Canada has a comprehensive inventory of protected spaces that includes private conservation areas. More information on Target 16...

  • Target 17. By 2020, measures of natural capital related to biodiversity and ecosystem services are developed on a national scale, and progress is made in integrating them into Canada's national statistical system. More information on Target 17...

Goals and Targets - Introduction