Make Room for Nature


Ecology Ottawa is a municipally focused organization, but there are times when action is needed on a broader scale.

Ottawa is blessed with many greenspaces within and surrounding our great city: Gatineau Park, the Greenbelt, the Mer Bleue Bog, and the South March Highlands, to name a few. As is the case across Canada, many of these greenspaces, and species that depend on them, are threatened by development, overuse and climate change.

Hundreds of species that call Canada’s natural areas home lack the protections necessary for them to thrive. We are losing habitat and species at an alarming rate, and we need to act. Now.

Habitat Protection Targets

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 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, to help address this urgent issue.

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

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

The science shows that we need to protect much more than 17% of our land and freshwater to restore and sustain healthy natural areas.

With efforts in recent years, Canada has managed to protect 12% of land and 10% of oceans. Our government has committed to expanding the amount of land and freshwater that is protected from 17% in 2020, to 25% by 2025, and 30% by 2030.

It’s a good start, but even more can be done – and you can help.

By making room for nature, this 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 frontline guardians of nature.

How To Help

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

Sign-up and take action to protect Canada’s forests, grasslands, wetlands, tundras, oceans, lakes and rivers.

Help #MakeRoomForNature in Ottawa, and across Canada.

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