Importance of biodiversity

Biodiversity consists of the life forms we experience all around us, yet know remarkably little about. This wide array of ecosystems, ecological processes, species and genes is essential to our existence.

Even as scientists discover new species (estimates suggest millions remain unknown), it is clear that our biodiversity is under threat - from competing land uses, pollution, population growth and human activities.

Environment and Climate Change Canada and our partners work to conserve our biodiversity. Find out what we are doing to address this daunting global challenge.

Biodivcanada.ca: partnering in biodiversity
This is the website of the federal, provincial and territorial working group on biodiversity. It profiles biodiversity information, news and events. This website reflects the shared responsibility for biodiversity in Canada and the commitment of governments to achieve the goals and objectives of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity through a collaborative approach.

Invasive alien species strategy
Our efforts to manage invasive species and conserve our ecosystems.

Access and benefit-sharing
Conserving and sharing medicines and genetic resources.

6th National Report summary

In November 2018, Canada submitted its 6th National Report to the CBD. The 6th National Report takes stock of efforts by Canadian governments and their partners in biodiversity conservation. This report provides an overview of Canada’s progress toward meeting the 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets for Canada and Canada’s contributions to the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

The report notes that Canada is on track to meet 11 targets plus the marine and coastal portion of Target 1, and progressing at an insufficient rate to meet 6 targets plus the terrestrial and inland waters portion of Targets 1. Further, there was insufficient data to assess progress on one target.

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