White papers will serve as guides that both analyze and provide solutions to biodiversity issues in the province of Ontario, and are aimed at educating the public, as well as informing decision makers.

White Paper: Ontario’s Biodiversity Policies – A Summary

  • Tony Morris, York University (non-OBSF member)

This paper is a summary of a Masters in Environmental Studies Major Research Paper entitled Biodiversity Policy in Ontario: Connecting Science, Policy and Education for Sustainable Development. It focuses on issues associated with the accountability and legitimacy of the Ontario Biodiversity Council and its associated stakeholder groups. It also briefly examines problems with policies, Acts, and programs of the Ministry of Natural Resources that impinge on the abilities of the government to seriously implement the Ontario Biodiversity Strategy.

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There are currently also three white papers in development. They include:

Adaptive Management

  • Dawn Bazely, York University
  • Marie-Josee Fortin, University of Toronto
  • Rob Rempel, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Invasive Species

  • Andrea Smith, York University (non-OBSF member)


Draft: Assessment of Ontario’s Biodiversity Knowledge, Information, and Expertise Gap

  • Justina Ray, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Bill Crins, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Nick Mandrak, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Chris Wilson, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

This report will discuss, at a high level, the gaps that exist in Ontario’s knowledge, information, and expertise that will impede our ability to achieve the ambitious goals of Ontario’s Biodiveristy Strategy.

In the face of the growing set of pressures in a province seeking to accomodate an increasing human population and expanding natural resource interests, there are concomitnat concerns fo the status of Ontario’s biodiversity and suite of challenges facing their conservation and management. There are critical gaps in biodiversity information (data) as well as in the knowledge and understanding needed to analyze, assess, and solve biodiversity conservation problems. The introduction will elaborate… read more>>

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