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Who we are

Pathway to Canada Target 1, biodiversity, conservation, 2020, Canadian

In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.
— Baba Dioum

Who are we? We are Canadians.

To leave a lasting legacy for the generations to come, Canadians are joining together so that our country's natural biodiversity, unique cultures and beauty are protected.

Achieving Canada Target 1, conserving at least 17% of Canadian terrestrial areas and inland waters by the year 2020, will require collaboration and collective action from people across the country, including those in many government departments, Indigenous groups, private landowners, communities and the private and non-governmental sectors.


National Steering Committee

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Northern lights © Richard Pither

The National Steering Committee is responsible for executing the project in all of its capacities and ensuring that the objectives and deliverables are met. In particular, the National Steering Committee will consider the recommendations from the National Advisory Panel, discussion papers produced by expert task teams, and information obtained through consultations from other processes and groups to provide recommendations for Pathway to Canada Target 1. Recommendations will include implementation guidance for approval and endorsement by federal, provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for protected areas and biodiversity conservation, through the relevant federal and provincial/territorial bodies and national Indigenous organizations.

The National Steering Committee is led by co-chairs from Parks Canada and Alberta Parks and is comprised of director-level individuals, where possible, that can provide the perspective of governments with land management and biodiversity conservation responsibilities, including provincial, territorial, federal and municipal. Invitations have been extended to Indigenous groups.


National Steering Committee Secretariat

The Secretariat provides technical and administrative support for the National Steering Committee, the National Advisory Panel, and the Expert Task Teams. Under the direction of the National Steering Committee, the secretariat will also be responsible for synthesizing the recommendations from the National Advisory Panel, the Expert Task Teams, and other sources into a report that will be submitted to the Pathway Ministers.

The secretariat is currently comprised of staff from Parks Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and the governments of Alberta and Ontario.