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Helping protect Canada's biodiversity, while encouraging the sustainable use of our biological resources, is a responsibility that all Canadians can share. With our population of more than 34 million people, we can play a role in preserving the immense natural wealth and valuable ecosystems from which we draw significant social, economic and environmental benefits. Bordered by three oceans, the second-largest nation in the world, Canada is rich in biodiversity, and we depend on it for our survival.

We invite you to celebrate the UN Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020) and to explore this website. Learn about our country's biodiversity and actions Canada is taking to conserve our biological resources.

Partnering in biodiversity

This is the website of the federal, provincial and territorial working group on biodiversity. It profiles biodiversity information, news and events. This website reflects the shared responsibility for biodiversity in Canada and the commitment of federal, provincial and territorial governments to achieve the goals and objectives of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity through a collaborative approach. This site also serves as Canada's national biodiversity Clearing House Mechanism.

2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets for Canada

Canada is in the process of developing national biodiversity goals and targets for 2020. These 2020 goals and targets will help Canada to focus on biodiversity priorities and provide the basis for measuring and reporting on progress.  Like many countries, the national goals and targets for Canada are informed and inspired by the global “Aichi Targets”, which were adopted in 2010 under the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan, and tuned to the domestic context.

View the draft biodiversity goals and targets for Canada.

For more information, visit the Contact Us page

Canadian Nature Survey

In the autumn of 2012 thousands of Canadians will be invited to participate in a new Canadian Nature Survey.