ENGO Participation in 2011 International Day for Biodiversity Activities
The RCEN has been invited by Environment Canada to select thirteen lead ENGO groups, one in each province and territory, to carry outreach and education activities for International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) on May 22, 2011.
Selected ENGO Delegates:
- Leslie Adams, Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources, ON
- Kris Brekke, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, NWT
- Tracy Brown, Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association, PEI
- Cristi Frittaion, Nova Scotia Nature Trust, NS
- Tracy Glynn, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, NB
- Randal Greene, Nature Conservancy of Canada, NL
- Alexander Kenny, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, QC
- Kyle Lucyk, Living Prairie Museum, MB
- Nathalie Mathieu, Maison Tucker, ON
- Larry McDermott, Plenty Canada, ON
- ZoAnn Morten, The Pacific Streamkeepers Federation, BC
- Chet Newfeld, Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, SK
- Maggie Romuld, South East Alberta Watershed Alliance, AB
The selected delegates will be required to:
- Prepare IDB Outreach plans by the end of March 2011;
- Carry out outreach and education activities based on outreach plans and in their respective regions;
- Write a final report of their respective activities.
Selected ENGOs will also participate in a teleconference in the beginning of March to discuss their IDB Outreach Plans' activities for ENGOs and civil society for each of the 13 regions targeted across Canada.
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.
For additional details, visit the following websites:
- Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat:
- United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)
- Biodivcanada.ca: International Day for Biological Diversity
- Natural Resources Canada: International Year of Forests
For more information, please contact Jessie Sadler, RCEN National Caucus Coordinator at 613-728-9810 ext. 224.