International Biodiversity Conservation

As with climate change, global biodiversity loss is regarded as a global issue, with higher income countries having an obligation to help developing countries. The world’s natural heritage belongs to all of us and is our shared responsibility. It is most under threat in low-income tropical countries. Disease outbreaks such as the COVID-19 pandemic that result from the exploitation of wild animals are considered likely to increase as wildlife and habitats are put under more stress. This highlights the need for a worldwide effort to address threats to ecosystems and wildlife.

International cross-border public support for biodiversity is in the range of USD  3.9-9.3 billion per year and, while global conservation spending is considered less than a third of what is needed, the funding gap is far greater in tropical low-income countries.

As parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity develop a post-2020 framework, Canada could emerge as a leader by committing to substantial assistance for developing countries and encouraging other developed countries to do the same, while continuing to increase conservation action at home.

Recommendation summary:

Build financial support from Canada for high- impact conservation in lower-income countries the need for a worldwide effort to address threats to ecosystems and wildlife through bilateral agreements or partnerships with conservation NGOs.

Recommended Investment:
$40 million in 2020/2021
, scaling up to$650 million, ongoing, by 2025/2026. [ECCC]

Anne Lambert –