ENGO Participation in 2009 International Biodiversity Day Activities


Closed Consultation

When: from selection date until completion of Final Report on June 1st, 2009

The RCEN was invited by Environment Canada to select 11 lead ENGO groups in each province and in the Yukon Territory to conduct outreach and education activities for International Biodiversity Day (IBD) on May 22, 2009. The 2009 IBD theme was “Invasive Alien Species”; however, activities were not limited to this theme. To learn more about this subject, please see references below.

Selected ENGO participants:

  • Alberta: Cherry Dodd, Edmonton Naturalization Group. Alternate: Andrew Stiles, Cochrane Environmental Action Committee.
  • British Columbia: Jay Rastogi, The Land Conservancy. Alternate: Eliza Olson, Burns Bog Conservation Society.
  • Manitoba: Kyle Lucyk, Living Prairie Museum. There is no alternate for this province.
  • New Brunswick: David Coon, Conservation Council of New Brunswick. Alternate: Susan Linkletter, Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: Todd Boland, Memorial University Botanical Garden. Alternate: Julie Huntington, CPAWS-NL.
  • Nova Scotia: Susanna D. Fuller, Ecology Action Centre. There is no alternate for this province.
  • Ontario: Larry McDermott, Plenty Canada. Alternate: Leslie Adams, Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (P.O.W.E.R.).
  • Prince Edward Island: Gary Schneider, Environmental Coalition of PEI. There is no alternate for this province.
  • Quebec: Olivier Kolmel, Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l’environnement (RNCREQ). Alternate: Stephane Gingras, Ambioterra.
  • Saskatchewan: Leanne Kadyschuk, Saskatchewan Boreal Forest Learning Centre. Alternate: Karen McIver, Prairie Learning Centre.
  • Yukon: Rachel Parks, Bringing Youth Towards Equality (B.Y.T.E.). There is no alternate for this province.

Selected ENGOs collaborated with Environment Canada’s Biodiversity Convention Office (BCO) to:

  • prepare IBD Outreach Plans (1-2 pages)
  • carry out Outreach and Education Activities based on outreach plans and in their respective regions
  • write a Final Report of their respective activities (1-2 pages)

Selected ENGOs also participated in a conference call at the beginning of March to discuss outreach and education activities for IBD Outreach Plan activities for ENGOs and civil society in each of the 11 regions targeted across Canada.

Background Information
The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was negotiated with a view to mitigate biodiversity loss on a global scale. The CBD, which was implemented on December 29, 1993, now includes 189 Parties (188 nations and the European Community). The Conference of the Parties of the CBD chose to establish the CBD Secretariat in Montreal.

The objectives of the Convention are biodiversity conservation, the sustainable use of biological resources, and the equitable sharing of benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. Within the framework of the Convention, Parties address various aspects of biodiversity. The CBD focuses its analyses and activities around ecosystems, and particularly forest, arid lands and marine ecosystems. Some of the main issues tackled by the CBD include the study of the Convention’s application; protected areas; biosecurity; exotic invasive species; and access and benefit sharing of genetic resources.

The United Nations named May 22 the “International Day of Biodiversity” (IBD) as a way to build public awareness about the world’s many biodiversity-related problems. The CBD Secretariat chose “Invasive Alien Species” as the theme for IBD 2009.

Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat "IBD 2009" official website:

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