ENGO Participation in 2010 International Biodiversity Day Activities


Closed Consultation

When: from selection date until completion of Final Report (June 7, 2010)

In 2010, the RCEN was invited by Environment Canada to select thirteen lead environmental NGO groups in each province and territory to carry out outreach and education activities for the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) on May 22, 2010. This year’s IDB theme was “Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation”; however, activities were not limited to this theme. To learn more about this subject, please see references below.

Selected ENGO delegates:

  • ZoAnn Morten, The Pacific Streamkeepers Federation, BC
  • Christyann Olson, Albera Wilderness Association, AB
  • Michelle Yaskowich, Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan, SK
  • Kyle Lucyk, Living Prairie Museum, MB
  • Brennain Lloyd, Northwatch, ON
  • Marie-Line Gagné, Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l'environnement du Québec, QC
  • Shelda Antle, Burin Peninsula Environmental Reform Committee, NL
  • Alison Shurvell, Falls Brook Centre, NB
  • Sally-Jo Gallant, Nova Scotia Nature Trust, NS
  • Tracy Brown, Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association, PE
  • Dorothy Bradley, Friends of McIntyre Creek, YT
  • Jesika Reimer, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - NWT Chapter, NWT
  • Maxime Gauld, Association des francophones du Nunavut, NU

To learn more about the activities carried out by these 13 lead ENGOs, please click here.

Selected ENGOs collaborated with the RCEN Biodiversity Caucus and Environment Canada’s Ecosystems and Biodiversity Priorities Division to:

  • prepare IDB Outreach plans (1-2 pages)
  • carry out outreach and education activities based on outreach plans
  • write a final report on completed outreach and education activities (1-2 pages)

Selected ENGOs also participated in two teleconferences (during the first and third weeks of March) to discuss IDB outreach and education plans and activities for each of the 13 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 193 Parties (192 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 for Biodiversity” (IDB) as a way to build public awareness about the world’s many biodiversity-related problems. The CBD Secretariat chose “Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation” as the theme for IBD 2010.

For additional details, visit the following websites:

Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat:

Environment Canada’s Canadian Biodiversity Information Network

Canadian Environmental Network, to read about:

RCEN E-Bulletin


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