In January 2012, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario released a special report to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the public, addressing Ontario’s role in managing and regulating biodiversity for present and future generations (the “Special Report”).
The Special Report follows up on an international meeting in Japan for the Convention of Biological Diversity, where the international community agreed to 20 biodiversity conservation targets aimed for 2020 (the “Aichi Targets”). The purpose of the Special Report is in part to begin a dialogue on how the Aichi Targets can be tailored for use by provincial ministries. (p.7)
The Special Report calls on the Government of Ontario to develop a biodiversity strategy that addresses the Aichi Targets. A good portion of the Special Report provides recommendations on the role that various provincial ministries can play in order to address biodiversity in Ontario, with the Ministry of Natural Resource, suggested as lead.
Yadira is an associate in Fogler Rubinoff’s Environmental law department. She joined the firm as a summer student in 2009, and articled with the firm in 2010-2011. Her practice is focused on advice and litigation relating to environmental approvals, including approvals regarding renewable energy, resource extraction and land use. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org