Biodiversity Facts

Covering less than 2 percent of the Earth's total surface area, the world's rainforests are home to 50 percent of the Earth's plants and animals.

More than 2,000 tropical forest plants have been identified as having anti-cancer properties even though less than one percent has been analyzed for their medicinal value.

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Awards

A corporate biodiversity awards program will help stimulate awareness of biodiversity and encourage Canadian businesses to become actively engaged in biodiversity conservation. A national awards program would recognize and publicize the actions of Canadians who have demonstrated leadership in biodiversity conservation through exemplary and innovative actions at the local, regional, national and/or international levels. The Canadian Business and Biodiversity Council has entered into a partnership with business, government and environmental non-governmental organization's to explore the potential and benefits of establishing a corporate biodiversity awards program to recognize Canadian business contributions to biodiversity.

For more information about the awards or how to be involved please contact the Canadian Business and Biodiversity Secretariat.

United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

The world is now on a path to building a future of living in harmony with nature. The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity will serve to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, including the Aichi Targets as the basis for halting and eventually reversing the loss of biodiversity, and promote its overall vision of living in harmony with nature.