Ontario Biodiversity Council welcomes the Environmental Commissioner's call for government action to conserve Ontario's biodiversity

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 natural heritage.

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 loss.

"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

BACKGROUNDER

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

Jon K. Grant
Chair
          Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
www.mnr.gov.on.ca
             
Jason Laronde
Union of Ontario Indians
www.anishinabek.ca
          Don McCabe
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
www.ofa.on.ca
             
Julie Cayley
Ducks Unlimited Canada
www.ducks.ca
          Cynthia Robinson
Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
http://www.ossga.com
             
Kathleen Padulo
Chiefs of Ontario
www.chiefs-of-ontario.org
          Don Pearson
Conservation Ontario
www.conservation-ontario.on.ca
             
George Finney
Bird Studies Canada
www.bsc-eoc.org
          Terry Rees
Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations
www.foca.on.ca
             
Carla Grant
Ontario Forestry Association
www.oforest.on.ca
          Dawn Succee
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
www.ofah.org
             
Steve Hounsell
Ontario Power Generation
www.opg.com
          Caroline Schultz
Ontario Nature
www.ontarionature.org
             
Scott Jackson
Ontario Forest Industries Association
www.ofia.com
          Mark Stabb
Nature Conservancy of Canada
www.natureconservancy.ca
             
Lesley Hymers
Ontario Mining Association
www.oma.on.ca
          Tom Whillans
Trent University
www.trentu.ca
             
L.G. "Len" Ugarenko
Wildlife Habitat Canada
www.whc.org
          Joe Voccaro
Building Industry & Land Development
Association
www.bildgta.ca

 

SOURCE Ontario Biodiversity Council

For further information:

Media contact: Mr. Jon Grant - Chair of the Ontario Biodiversity Council, 416-230-8520

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