Sustainable Development Goal 15 – Life on Land
Canada lynx (Photo by Mike Dembeck)
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.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is working to conserve life on land by protecting forests, wetlands, mountains and grasslands, where live countless plants and animals.
A United Nations report states that, if we do nothing to conserve and restore land ecosystems, “around 1 million animal and plant species [will] be threatened with extinction, many within decades.” That represents one eighth of all estimated species on the planet.
Quebec boasts many exceptional landscapes home to captivatingly beautiful species, such as the beaches of the Magdalen Islands, the vast forest of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, and the Northern Green Mountains.
Each of these species plays an essential role in keeping its ecosystem healthy. The health of all of these ecosystems has an impact on our health as well. Natural environments are sources of food. They provide structures that purify the air, filter water and reduce the risk of flooding. They are also settings where we can enjoy leisure activities, recharge by connecting with nature and spend time with others.
In Quebec, NCC is currently protecting the habitat of over 200 at-risk species, which are threatened by the disappearance and deterioration of their habitats.
Did you know?
Among the species protected by NCC, several are endemic to specific areas. In other words, these species are found only in these areas.
- Maritime ringlet is a butterfly that is found only in the Magdalen Islands, the Gaspé Peninsula and New Brunswick.
- Copper redhorse is found only in some waterways in southwest Quebec, including the Richelieu River.
How to help
Although many at-risk species in Quebec are now protected, several others are still in a precarious state. NCC aims to further conserve natural environments. To contribute to this effort, you can make a donation by clicking here.