MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Biodiversity Council
acknowledges the Environmental Commissioner's special report on
biodiversity and supports his recommendation that the Ontario
government play a key leadership role in the conservation of our
The special report titled "Biodiversity: A Nation's Commitment, An
Obligation for Ontario" calls on the government of Ontario to develop a
coordinated and strategic plan for biodiversity conservation.
In June of 2011, the Ontario Biodiversity Council released "Ontario's
Biodiversity Strategy, 2011" calling on government, First Nations,
conservation groups, industry and all Ontarians to help in protecting
what sustains us. Adapted from the United Nations Convention on
Biological Diversity International Aichi targets, the renewed strategy
establishes 15 targets that reflect Ontario's biodiversity conservation
needs over the next decade.
Upon release of its strategy, the Ontario Biodiversity Council, made up
of diverse interests reflecting broader civil society, received special
recognition from the Executive Secretary to the UN Convention on
Biological Diversity. Ontario has joined jurisdictions around the
world in aligning with international commitments to halt biodiversity
"I look forward to the government's response to Ontario's Biodiversity
Strategy in the coming months," says Jon Grant, Chair of the council.
"We remain committed to work with government, First Nations,
conservation groups, industry, and all Ontarians to implement Ontario's
Biodiversity Strategy. Our wealth and prosperity, our quality of life,
and our well-being are directly tied to Ontario's biodiversity."
To read the complete strategy: http://ontariobiodiversitycouncil.ca
About the Ontario Biodiversity Council
The Ontario Biodiversity Council is a group of 20 volunteers who
represent environmental and conservation groups, government agencies,
academia, Aboriginal communities, and industry associations. The
council was created out of a recommendation in the first (2005) Ontario
Biodiversity Strategy, to guide its implementation, evaluate progress,
and update the strategy.
Ontario Biodiversity Council Members
SOURCE Ontario Biodiversity Council
For further information:
Media contact: Mr. Jon Grant - Chair of the Ontario Biodiversity Council, 416-230-8520