Greenway planning is about maintaining, restoring and enhancing ecologically sustainable and resilient landscapes. It is a strategic approach to addressing biodiversity loss, land-use change and the uncertainties of climate change so that we always have clean air, clean water and a rich diversity of plant and animal life to sustain present and future generations.
Strong provincial and municipal land-use policies are crucial for achieving Greenways in southern and eastern Ontario. Click here to read about Greenway municipal planning.
Ontario Nature works with community leaders, environmental organizations and governments to develop, promote and implement sound, science-based policy and legislation.
Current and recent work at the provincial level has focused, for example, on:
- The Endangered Species Act, 2007
- The Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine and Niagara Escarpment plans
- The Provincial Policy Statement
- The Aggregate Resources Act
- Safe Harbour
- Biodiversity offsetting
- The proposed Invasive Species Act