Supporting Environmentally Sustainable Land Use and Biodiversity
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services notes the critical role of sustainable agriculture in feeding humanity while enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. According to the report, land use changes, related largely to agricultural expansion and unsustainable practices, have the largest negative impact on ecosystems people depend on for food, clean water and a stable climate.
Without involvement and leadership from the federal government — including adequate funding for programs, knowledge transfer, and metrics — biodiversity is bound to continue to decline on agricultural lands across Canada. This loss degrades the ecological goods and services (EGS) that have always supported farming production, and magnifies the vulnerability of agricultural lands to climate change. Reversing this trend would contribute to greater resilience in our agricultural production, and put farmers (and Canada) on better ground for an uncertain future.
- Ecological Goods and Services Programming for Agricultural Lands;
- Establishing the Pollinator Conservation Initiative; and
- Appendix 1: Sustainable Agriculture, Transitioning to Environmentally Sustainable Land Management and Food Production in Canada in the next Canadian Agriculture Partnership & Business Risk Management Plan