Biodiversity Conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals - How does this relate to your work?

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(Thea Silver) #1

Later today, I am heading to Waterloo to attend the launch of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada at the University of Waterloo.

SDSN Canada is part of a global SDSN movement to build a network of universities, research centers, civil society organizations, and knowledge institutions who can work together to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

There are obvious linkages - both directly and indirectly - between biodiversity conservation and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and the SDGs. At a high level, these linkages have been articulated by the Convention on Biological Diversity in both a Policy Brief and a more detailed Technical Note.

But what does this mean at a more local level - nationally, provincially, regionally, locally? How do you see (or do you see?!) your work linking to the SDGs, the Aichi Targets, or both? Is this even on your radar screen?

A post by the Federation of Ontario Cottagers draws linkages between the responsibilities of waterfront/shoreline property owners and the SDGs. Have you thought about your work in this way? Is this an area you’d like to explore further? I’d be interested in your thoughts…