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Protected Areas

A 2020 Vision for Ontario’s Protected Areas

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.

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 conserved for generations to come.

Protected areas provide safe havens for wildlife, increase our resilience to climate change, can sustain and strengthen Indigenous knowledge and value systems, and much, much more. Read our top 10 reasons for protected areas.

Achieving the target will not be easy. Less than 11 percent of Ontario is currently protected!

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. Read about potential opportunities in “A plan for protection,” in the summer 2017 issue of ON Nature magazine.

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