Make Room for Nature


Ecology Ottawa is a municipally focused organization, but there are times when action is needed on a broader and more national scale. Ottawa is blessed with many green spaces and parkland surrounding our great city; Gatineau Park, the Greenbelt, Mere Blue Bog, the South March Highlands, to name a few. These green spaces, and those that depend on them, are at constant threat of development, overuse and climate change.

We are loosing our biodiversity at a rapid rate, and we need to act. Now.

In October 2010, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a package of important measures including the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets to help address this urgent issue.

In response, Canada’s federal, provincial, and MRforNature_logo_Textured-reversedterritorial governments released the 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets for Canada in 2015, which includes a target to ensure protection for at least:

  • 17% of terrestrial areas and inland water, and
  • 10% of marine and coastal areas.

By making room for nature, that pledge helps give threatened species a chance to avoid extinction. It also is an opportunity to support the crucial role that Indigenous communities play as front-line guardians of nature.

Ecology Ottawa has joined a national coalition of nature organizations that are standing up for nature!


DSC_0220BWLRWith efforts in recent years, Canada has managed to protect 12% of land and 10% of oceans. It’s a good start, but even more can be done—and you can help.

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