Canada invests more than $585,000 in Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve to increase biodiversity conservation in Ontario


Of: Environment and Climate Change Canada

PARRY SOUND, ON, August 24, 2022 /CNW/ – Canadians depend on nature for clean water to drink and air to breathe, food to eat and quality spaces to enjoy the outdoors. Nature conservation is essential to protect species at risk, fight climate change and build a strong and sustainable economy.

Today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Julie Dabrusin, attended a turtle release at the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change , the Honorable Steven Guilbeault. At the event, she announced that the biosphere reserve received more than $585,000 over three years from from Canada Improved natural inheritance. These funds will support the biodiversity conservation efforts of the biosphere reserve and support from Canada goal of conserving 25 percent of land and inland waters by 2025, working towards 30 percent of each by 2030.

Throughout the duration of the project, the partners will work together to restore, maintain and enhance the conservation of biodiversity in the buffer zones surrounding the main protected areas of the biosphere reserve, which encompasses the eastern shore of Georgian Bay and extends approximately 175 kilometers from the Severn River to the French River in Ontario. It is hoped that in the years to come, the managed areas inside the buffer zone of the biosphere reserve will be recognized as other effective conservation measures (OCEM), which will allow them to be part of from Canada conservation network.

The government of from Canada push to protect nature more as it prepares to welcome the world on the 15the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity in Montreal, Quebecof December 7 to 19, 2022. This historic conference is a chance for Canada show leadership alongside international partners by taking action to conserve nature and halt the loss of biodiversity around the world, in partnership with indigenous peoples. Improving UNESCO-designated biosphere reserves, such as the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, is a key contributory action.


“Biosphere reserves are a model of how communities can connect with nature in a healthier and more sustainable way. They inspire and empower Canadians to work together to address global challenges such as biodiversity loss and climate change. By investing in biosphere reserves in Canadalike the iconic Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, we are advancing important conservation work in areas rich in cultural and biological diversity. »
– The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“I was thrilled to be part of today’s turtle release with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve with so many enthusiastic nature lovers. It was a great example of the great things that can happen. when the community comes together to support the environment. Biosphere reserves represent a deep dedication to sustainable development and nature conservation, and they set a standard for how people and nature can thrive together.”
– Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“This funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada marks a pivotal chapter in the history of the network and the Canadian Association of Biosphere Reserves. In the words of the biosphere reserves themselves, this is an opportunity to renew partnerships, build capacity within the organization, and create more biodiversity outcomes in from Canada nineteen UNESCO biospheres.
Kate PotterExecutive Director, Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association

“The opportunity for our biosphere to work with its partners to continue to develop relationships and develop the social conditions to ensure that biodiversity is preserved in this region is remarkable, and we greatly appreciate the Government of from Canada contribution to this effort.”
Greg MasonDirector of Operations, Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere

“We have begun to work together, through partnerships, to renew our relationships and care for the land and waters, which are everything. Biodiversity commitments expand our work in Mnidoo Gamii, Georgian Bay , and support our responsibility to all Creation. Collectively, we call this work “Maamwi Anjiakiziwin”, which combines the words and meanings of Together, Earth, Renewal and Life using cross-cultural learning and applying a “two-eyes” approach to knowledge sharing and caring. When we improve our understanding, respect and relationship with each other, our understanding and relationship with the land will also benefit.”
Judge SherrillMidwewekamigokwe Maawaanji’iwe Manager (Bringing People Together) for Georgian Bay Biosphere Mnidoo Gamii

Fast facts

  • The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve encompasses the eastern shore of Georgian Bay and stretches approximately 175 kilometers from the Severn River to the French River in Ontario. This part of Lake Huron contains the largest concentration of freshwater islands in the world.
  • The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is home to approximately 52 listed species at risk, including the Eastern Foxsnake (Endangered), Spotted Turtle (Endangered) and Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake ( threatens).
  • There are currently 738 biosphere reserves in 134 countries that belong to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. There are approximately 257 million people living in biosphere reserves around the world. In Canadamore than 2.5 million people live in biosphere reserves.
  • Each of the biosphere reserves of Canada has various sources of funding, including federal, provincial/territorial and municipal grants, as well as donations from private foundations and individuals.
  • The government of Canada is committed to working to halt and reverse the loss of nature in Canada by 2030 and achieve full nature recovery by 2050.

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