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Canada’s 2030 Nature Strategy.

Read more in the June 21 edition of Invert Insights.

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The Canadian federal government has released Canada’s 2030 Nature Strategy, a 181-page framework intended to chart a path for how Canada will take urgent action needed to halt and reverse biodiversity loss.

The strategy aligns with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) which was adopted during COP15. This framework of 23 global targets to be achieved by 2030 and beyond aims to help halt and reverse nature loss globally. The targets include 30% conservation of land, sea and inland waters, 30% restoration of degraded ecosystems, and halving the introduction of invasive species. 

In the report, the government shares that the 2030 nature strategy intends to build on existing initiatives in all regions and sectors across the country, recognizing that these efforts have not been and will not be enough, as biodiversity continues to decline in Canada. Harnessing the transformative change needed to halt and reverse biodiversity loss requires a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach built on partnership and collaboration. It requires us to address the challenges that have held us back, rethink the paradigms and systems that led us to this crisis, and find new ways of doing things, of working together, and of financing our efforts.

The strategy outlines six pillars that the federal government hopes will ensure the path to

2030 is inclusive, adaptable, and evidence-based. They include:

  1. Recognizing, upholding, and implementing the rights of Indigenous Peoples and advancing reconciliation, as Indigenous Peoples are the original caretakers of the lands, waters, and ice.
  2. Ensuring a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach to create policy coherence and draw on the strengths of every segment of society to build and deliver the solutions we need.
  3. Supporting a resilient economy and improving efficiency and certainty, as our prosperity is inherently linked to a healthy environment.
  4. Empowering on-the-ground action by reflecting regional differences, supporting communities, and adopting flexible community-based approaches.
  5. Using the best available science and knowledge, incorporating new insights, sharing information, and giving equal weight to western science and Indigenous Knowledge.
  6. Applying integrated, holistic approaches to ensure our actions are inclusive and transparent.

Canada is just one of five countries that together contain more than 70% of the world’s remaining intact ecosystems. The report also shares that the country is home to 20% of the world’s total freshwater, 25% of the world’s wetlands, 24% of the world’s boreal forests, the world’s longest coastline, and one of the world’s largest marine territories. These ecosystems provide essential habitat for approximately 80,000 species.

Alongside the nature strategy, Canada is also set to become the second country to introduce a Nature Accountability Bill, which will establish an accountability framework and act as a mechanism to hold the government accountable for its commitments until 2050.

Read Canada’s 2030 Nature Strategy here.

Invert Insights.

💡 Biodiversity continues to decline in Canada and this report signals meaningful and significant steps being taken by the government towards achieving global climate goals and commitment. 

💡 This strategy provides a clear inclusion of Indigenous governments and peoples as essential leaders, experts, and partners in conservation and stewardship while framing biodiversity protection and conservation in a way that respects Indigenous Peoples’ rights. It establishes their rights as traditional land owners and honor their responsibilities to the lands, waters, and ice through stewardship and the keeping of Indigenous Knowledge systems.

💡 Canadian-based carbon projects like Invert’s Dene Kʼéh Kusān Forest Carbon Project in partnership with Carbonethic and Kaska Dena Council play an integral role in preserving biodiversity in Canada. The Kaska Dena people live on 24 million hectares, roughly 10% of the size of British Columbia, one of the largest pieces of intact wilderness. Their mandate is to ensure their ancestral lands will thrive today and in the future and the project works to protect this sacred land and the ecosystems within it, creating jobs and conserving biodiversity.