Nature Legacy for Canada

A review of the potential environmental impacts of the Nature Legacy for Canada Initiative.

The Nature Legacy for Canada Initiative aims to protect Canada’s biodiversity, ecosystems and natural landscapes through the protection of lands and waters, and of species at risk. The initiative will conserve at least 17% of Canada’s lands and waters by 2020. It will expand, strengthen and connect networks of protected and conserved lands and inland and coastal waters throughout the country. The initiative will also include conservation actions to protect and aid in the recovery of up to 250 wildlife species focusing on priority places, species and threats. These goals will be met in collaboration with partners (e.g., provinces and territories; ENGOs; industry; and private land owners). There will be a particular focus on working to build Indigenous peoples’ capacity to conserve land and species.

The Nature Legacy will positively contribute to 6 goals of the 2016 to 2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) and several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Sustainably managed lands and forests:  

Pristine lakes and rivers:

Healthy coasts and oceans:

Healthy wildlife populations:

Connecting Canadians with nature:

Effective action on climate change:

Monitoring and reporting on progress on this initiative will be conducted through the:

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