The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity aims to inspire broad-based action in support of biodiversity and implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.
Canada, as host country of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, celebrated the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity and used it as an opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. Our International Year of Biodiversity report showcases some of the activities and events held across the country during 2010.
The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, builds on this momentum. From the Arctic Archipelago to the Great Lakes, from the Pacific coastal rainforests through the prairies and boreal forests to the Scotian Shelf and Grand Banks, the UN Decade on Biodiversity is an opportunity for Canadians to learn about, appreciate, and take action to conserve biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides.
Many Canadians already realize that healthy communities depend on healthy ecosystems, and are becoming more active in biodiversity conservation efforts. The benefits of biodiversity are being considered within business plans, in green schools, on stages, in art galleries and in urban management plans. Everyone has a part to play and an opportunity to lead by example.
The wealth of our natural and cultural heritage is astounding, with many opportunities to experience our vast natural ecosystems. For example, the Trans Canada Trail, the world’s longest network of trails, stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Oceans, spanning vast ecosystems and intersecting with diverse Canadian communities.. It provides Canadians with the opportunity to experience biodiversity in action!
There is still work to be done to reduce biodiversity loss, and the UN Decade on Biodiversity is a great occasion to develop a broad consensus for needed action and build on the good work accomplished to date. How will you get involved?