Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
Observation platform at Île aux cerfeuils (Photo by Martin Beaulieu)
Established in 2012, the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address global challenges related to the environment, health and equality, creating a blueprint for a better world. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is helping, through our projects, to reach five of the SDGs.
Urban natural environments are our cities’ lungs and kidneys. Forests, marshes and grasslands purify our environment by absorbing pollutants. They reduce the risk of flooding by retaining water from the spring thaw and abundant rainfall. They are also peaceful havens for our physical and mental well-being.
Regional county municipalities (RCMs) have been charged, by the government of Quebec, with developing regional plans for wetlands and water environments. They must, in these plans, identify prime conservation areas.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is participating in this important long-term project by sharing our knowledge with the RCMs. We are engaging in discussions about the importance of wetlands, tools RCMs can use in their effort to conserve more of them, and ways conservation organisations and municipalities can work together.
Did you know?
According to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, spending at least two hours a week in nature has beneficial effects on our health, regardless of our age, social class, ethnocultural background or gender. Therefore, the presence of natural environments in cities helps to reduce social inequalities.
How to help
NCC is seeking to further conserve natural environments in and around cities. To contribute, click here.