What is biodiversity?

Biological diversity (commonly abbreviated to biodiversity) means the full variety of life in a given region, including the biological and genetic diversity of plants and animals. 

Biodiversity planning in the NWT

Biodiversity action planning should reflect everything people and organizations are doing in relation to biodiversity in the Northwest Territories (NWT). 

In 2002, the GNWT initiated the establishment of a NWT Biodiversity Action Team to develop a Northwest Territories Biodiversity Action Plan.

Biodiversity Action Plan

The first NWT Biodiversity Action Plan was released in 2004. It described the numerous initiatives being done in the NWT that touched, directly or indirectly, on the goals of Canadian Biodiversity Strategy and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD).

It was followed by the second NWT Biodiversity Action Plan in 2006, which presented a gap and overlap analysis or NWT actions and recommendations for future NWT actions that would fill relevant gaps and increase cooperation.

An updated gap and overlay analysis with recommended future action is planned for 2016.

NWT State of Environment

The NWT State of Environment, released in 2009, assessed the status and trends of environmental indicators, including biodiversity. It is updated regularly. In 2010, a Biodiversity Special Edition of NWT State of the Environment Report was released. The most recent NWT State of the Environment Highlights Report was released in 2016.

Insights from the State of Environment Report track the effectiveness of action on the land and are used to revise and plan future action.