Ontario Renews its Commitment to Conserving Biodiversity

Council calls on all Ontarians to get involved

TORONTO, June 22, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Biodiversity Council has released a renewed biodiversity strategy, calling on government, conservation groups, industry and all Ontarians to help in protecting what sustains us.

"Ontario's new biodiversity strategy is a blueprint to guide all sectors of our society," says Jon Grant, chair of the council. "Biodiversity is life, and certainly Ontarians enjoy a high standard of living because of the services biodiversity provides.  We encourage all Ontarians to make biodiversity a household word - and to make conserving it a priority in their daily lives."

Among the council's key actions:

  • Create a Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights
  • Make biodiversity education part of  all levels and all types of curriculum 
  • Develop and implement urban-biodiversity and green-infrastructure strategies for Ontario's cities and towns
  • Develop and implement strategies to address some of the key threats to biodiversity - including habitat loss, climate change, invasive species

"The updated strategy is designed to guide conservation actions and planning of government, industry, conservation and environmental groups, landowners, scientists and communities over the next decade," says Steve Hounsell, council member and senior advisor of sustainable development at Ontario Power Generation. He led the renewal team that updated the original 2005 biodiversity strategy. His team consulted with stakeholders from a range of sectors including agriculture, environment, government and industry.

Media contacts:

  • Steve Hounsell - Member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council, 416-592-2766
  • Mark Stabb - Member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council, 905-621-5230

To read the complete strategy: http://ontariobiodiversitycouncil.ca

About the Ontario Biodiversity Council

The Ontario Biodiversity Council is a group of 22 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.  More information is available at: www.ontariobiodiversitycouncil.ca

SOURCE Ontario Biodiversity Council

For further information:

Media contacts:

  • Steve Hounsell - Member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council, 416-592-2766
  • Mark Stabb - Member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council, 905-621-5230

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