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Ecological Representation - conserving a bit of everything

Canada’s nature is diverse; our protected and conserved areas network needs to represent that diversity.

Right now, Canada reports the amount of area conserved in each of 18 different ‘ecozones’ through the CESI indicator. Ecozones are large, very broad areas of the Earth’s surface defined by both living and non-living features. Examples of ecozones are the Prairies, Boreal Shield and Hudson Plains. ‘Ecoregions’ are smaller, more defined areas within an ecozone. The Pathway National Advisory Panel recommended that ecological representation be evaluated at the ecoregion level. Measuring Canada’s progress at the ecoregion level will  help make sure that we conserve some of everything.


* Coming Soon *

In order to evaluate Canada’s protected and conserved areas coverage, we’re updating the map of Canada’s 194 ‘ecoregions’. We can then gauge how well each ecoregion is conserved and find gaps where more conservation may be needed. An updated ecoregion map of Canada is expected to be finished in the summer of 2019. 

Find out who is involved in the Ecological Representation work

  • To complete this update, Environment and Climate Change Canada is working directly with representatives from each province and territory.