In 2010, Canada endorsed the United Nations target to protect at least 17 percent of the planet’s land and inland waters by 2020. This national commitment was then adopted in the Ontario Biodiversity Strategy (target 13), opening the door to a new and welcome opportunity to protect the places we love.
Currently, less than 11 percent of Ontario is protected and while on-the-ground progress has been painfully slow so far, our governments have recently renewed their commitments to dramatically increase our protected areas network as part of the Pathway to Canada Target 1 initiative.
We need to work together to make sure the next three years count so that wild species and wild spaces are protected for generations to come.
Why It Matters
Protected places provide safe havens for wildlife, increase our resilience to climate change, can sustain and strengthen Indigenous knowledge and value systems and much more.
Watch our video: Indigenous Perspectives on Protected Areas. Footage from this three-day event that brought together interested members of Indigenous communities and representatives of non-Indigenous organizations to share information, insights and experiences, and to discuss approaches to establishing protected areas that honour Indigenous responsibilities, rights and interests.
What We Are Doing
Ontario Nature has a long record of getting millions of hectares of wild spaces protected throughout the province and we are committed to getting the provincial government to meet its commitment to protect 17 percent by 2020. Achieving the target will not be easy. Clearly, there’s no time to waste.
That’s why we’re working to build strong alliances with our Nature Network member groups, Indigenous partners, industry leaders, and conservation organizations across the country to determine promising paths forward.
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