Biodiversity Lens

A Biodiversity Lens would help create a “whole-of-government” approach to tackling the biodiversity crisis by ensuring biodiversity considerations are recognized and addressed in investments and decisions across the federal government. With Canada stepping forward as a global leader on nature conservation, putting
a biodiversity lens in place would be an important complement to other leadership commitments, including to protect 25% of land and ocean by 2025 and 30% by 2030. The Leaders Pledge for Nature, endorsed by the Prime Minister in September 2020, commits leaders to ten actions, including to: Mainstream biodiversity conservation into relevant sectoral and cross-sectoral policies at all levels; Put biodiversity and climate change at the heart of COVID-19 recovery strategies and investments; and Strengthen financial and non-financial means of implementation.

In June 2021, G7 Leaders endorsed the G7 2030 Nature Compact which commits to mobilising on a whole-of-government basis to halt and reverse biodiversity loss, including by mainstreaming nature in economic and financial decision-making. A Biodiversity Lens, along with the Climate Lens, and similar to the Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+), would be a step towards delivering on these commitments and should be directly tied to the goal of halting and reversing biodiversity loss by 2030. An initial screening of whether investments/programs are harmful, helpful or neutral in their impacts on biodiversity, and clearly identifying trade-offs, could be combined with an assessment of opportunities to mitigate and prevent negative impacts and maximize positive impacts for biodiversity.

Putting this lens in place would support implementation of a more comprehensive biodiversity strategy going forward [See Developing a Comprehensive Ten-Year Biodiversity Strategy for Canada 2020-2030, next in this document].

Program costs would cover internal policy work across government as well as external consultations to develop and implement the lens.

Recommended Investment:

$15 million over three years to develop the biodiversity lens and embed it across federal departments and agencies. [FIN, PCO, TBS]


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