The Ontario Biodiversity Council released two reports in 2010 – the State of Ontario’s Biodiversity 2010 and the Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy Progress Report 2005 – 2010. These documents were part of global reporting efforts during the International Year of Biodiversity. You can get involved too! Read the reports to learn about the health of Ontario’s biodiversity and find out what people across the province are doing to protect it.
The State of Ontario’s Biodiversity 2010
These reports summarize the state of biodiversity in Ontario based on 29 different indicators. These indicators, which measure things such as pollution, aquatic stress, and species diversity, are rated as improving, deteriorating, or staying the same. This status, gives us an idea of the overall health of biodiversity in the province and helps focus efforts and future research.
The Progress Report lists programs and activities that have taken place over the past five years and matches them with the 37 actions contained in Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy. This report allows us to see where progress is being made towards achieving the goals outlined in the strategy. It also helps us to see where more effort is required and can act as a tool, providing ideas and information to groups and individuals who want to get involved in conserving and protecting biodiversity in Ontario.
Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy, 2011 is the guiding framework for coordinating the conservation of our province’s rich variety of life and ecosystems. It builds on the positive achievements of Ontario’s 2005 Strategy and sets out new and updated direction for the next 10 years. The Ontario Biodiversity Council led the renewal process, with support provided by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. The front half of this document provides context on Ontario’s biodiversity and the threats acting upon it. The second half outlines the strategic framework for the conservation of Ontario’s biodiversity over the next decade.
Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy, 2005
Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy, 2005 was developed by many individuals and organizations. The strategy sets out goals and a vision for conserving Ontario’s biodiversity, including 37 actions. This was the first biodiversity strategy for Ontario, and has since been replaced by a renewal process which resulted in the OBS 2011.
Ontario’s Ecological Footprint Report
The Ecological Footprint report, prepared by the Global Footprint Network, summarizes the impact that Ontarians are having on the province. Measuring the footprint we’re leaving on the Earth helps us to see where we need to tread more lightly and encourages changes in the ways we live to help conserve biodiversity.
The Ecological Footprint report, prepared by the Global Footprint Network, summarizes the impact that Ontarians are having on the province. Measuring the footprint we’re leaving on the Earth helps us to see where we need to tread more lightly and encourages changes in the ways we live to help conserve biodiversity. Read Ontario’s Ecological Footprint Report
Read a One Page Highlight of the full Report
In May 2008, the Ontario Biodiversity Council released the Interim Report on Ontario’s Biodiversity. This interim report was an important milestone towards reporting on the state of Ontario’s biodiversity in 2010. The interim report was not a comprehensive report, but instead is a gathering of information from existing sources, presented in plain language and illustrated with focus stories. The goal of the interim report was to initiate the process leading to the 2010 report. The interim report contains background information on Ontario’s biodiversity, a discussion of threats to biodiversity and a description of some of the efforts underway across Ontario to conserve biodiversity.