Canada is not on track to meet its 2020 biodiversity goals - Spring Reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

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(Thea Silver) #1

I just finished listening to Julie Gelfand, federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, release her 2018 Spring Reports. Did anyone else tune in?

Three reports were released: Report 1 - Salmon Farming, Report 2 - Canada’s Preparedness to Implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and Report 3 - Conserving Biodiversity.

All three audits found that the federal government was not integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development - economic, social, and environmental. Further, there was a theme of lack of leadership, coordination and engagement necessary to meet commitments.

Focusing particularly on Report 3 - Conserving Biodiversity, the audit found that Canada is not on track to meet its 2020 biodiversity goals and targets. It concluded that Environment and Climate Change Canada did not provide effective national leadership and coordination of actions required to meet the 2020 targets to conserve Canada’s biodiversity. It further concluded that the five audited departments and agencies made uneven progress in their efforts to meet the six 2020 biodiversity targets examined.

Government has a critical role to play in conserving biodiversity but so do other sectors. How does your work intersect with achieving these targets? What role do we all have to play? How can we support the recommendations in the audit report? What else has to happen?