OTTAWA, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the
Environment, issued the following statement to mark the 2013 edition of
the International Day for Biological Diversity:
"Each year on May 22nd, countries around the world celebrate Biological Diversity Day, to
increase understanding and awareness of the importance of biodiversity
in the health of our planet, and the world we live in, now and for
"The Government of Canada plays a major part in the promotion and
protection of biodiversity internationally, and is strongly committed
to sustaining the variety of life that supports healthy communities and
sustainable livelihoods in Canada. As a nation whose economy is
dependent on biodiversity and ecosystems, Canada has long been a
champion of effective implementation of the United Nations Convention
on Biological Diversity (CBD). We continue to be a proud host of the
CBD Secretariat in Montreal, a role we have had the privilege to enjoy
for more than 15 years.
"Canada's 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets are part of our
Government's ongoing commitment to biodiversity. These goals and
targets provide a comprehensive national strategy to preserve our
unique flora and fauna. These measures also include a commitment to
educating our next generation so that they, too, understand the
importance of our ecosystems. Our Government is committed to the
advancement of Canada's priorities in biological diversity, both
domestically and internationally.
"Biodiversity issues also take a prominent place in the work of the
Arctic Council, as demonstrated by the release last week of the Arctic
Biodiversity Assessment, the first comprehensive review of the status
and trends of Arctic biodiversity. Canada will chair the Arctic
Council for the next two years, and in this role will continue to
advance biodiversity and conservation in the Arctic region, including
issues related to migratory birds.
"Biodiversity—the ecosystems, ecological processes, species and genes
that are all around us—are essential to our existence. Our government
and our partners, both domestically and abroad, are continuing to find
innovative ways to meet this global challenge."
For more information on Environment Canada's work on biodiversity,
please visit http://www.biodivcanada.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=DABC84B3-1.
For more information on Environment Canada's ecosystem initiatives,
funding and incentive programs, and protection of species at risk,
please visit http://www.ec.gc.ca/nature/Default.asp?lang=En&n=C5EDD32E-1.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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