Nature Canada
Roosevelt Elk. photo by Brian Miller.

Mandate Letters

The Mandate letters have been released! 

Ensure our government follows through on the targets they have set in their mandate letters and continue to make nature a priority!

We take a lot of pride in our natural spaces. From coast to coast to coast, Canada has some of the world’s most incredible natural spaces.

But nature and wildlife are steep decline. 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 territorial 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.

With efforts in recent years, Canada has managed to reach the goal of 10% of marine areas and we’re up to 12% of terrestrial areas. It’s a good start, but even more can be done—and you can help.

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Canada’s wilderness is the world’s envy. It’s our duty to keep our true north strong and green.