Jade J, West Vancouver: Activity 3

Education   Oct 27, 2019 by Jade Jordan

Goal C: by 2020, Canadians have adequate and relevant information about biodiversity and ecosystem services to support conservation planning and decision-making.

  • The success of goals A, B, and D rely on the success of goal C. Without adequate education about biodiversity and the stability of ecosystems, any urgent need for change will likely not be well supported by the public, thus goals A and B would fail. Support and knowledge is vital to the pursuit of almost all environmental action, from local conservation initiatives to federal policy amendments. A person's understanding of the value of nature is also dependent on education, as they can become aware of nature's influence on daily life. Appreciation of nature would lead to greater community engagement, achieving goal D.

  • As already discussed, solving goals C is a gateway to solving all of the other goals. If goal C was achieved nationally, the other goals should, in theory, be solved almost automatically.

  • Targets 14 through 17 fall under goal C. Each contribute to resolving the larger issue.
    • 14: the science base for biodiversity is enhanced and knowledge of biodiversity is better integrated and more accessible.

Increasing the quality and distribution of ecological science is necessary to make the public aware of the intricacies of natural systems. More importantly, it also gives people more opportunities to understand the relationship between ecological well-being and human well-being.

    • 15: Aboriginal traditional knowledge is respected, promoted and, where made available by Aboriginal peoples, regularly, meaningfully and effectively informing biodiversity conservation and management decision-making.

It is crucial that Aboriginal knowledge of the land informs environmental decisions because their livelihoods are rooted in the sustainability of nature. As they have sustained the land for centuries, we can hope to develop environmental practices  similar to their traditional practices. 

    • 16: Canada has a comprehensive inventory of protected spaces that includes private conservation areas.

A clear inventory with adequate data of species population in conservation areas would help people understand the stability of biodiversity in various regions, and therefore the need to take ecological action.

    • 17: measures of natural capital related to biodiversity and ecosystem services are developed on a national scale, and progress is made in integrating them into Canada's national statistical system.

Assigning natural capital a statistical worth will inform people of  how valuable it is. If people perceive natural capital as valuable, they will be more inclined to advocate for ecological health and protection.

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Rachael Bell-Irving
Oct 28, 2019

Great analysis. To further the conversation for everyone: where/how could we get the evidence to support prioritizing education, and how could we involve the necessary stakeholders to prioritize education as well? 

Rian Hoyle
Oct 28, 2019

I agree goal C is essential to the success of the other goals as Canadians need to know why biodiversity is important before they will be passionate about the topic!

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