Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Environmental Science Seminar Series: Are vertebrates faring well in Canada?

Jessica Currie presents Living Planet Report Canada.

Abstract

In Canada, we are home to a vast wilderness in which many of us take pride. Consequently, it is easy to assume shocking figures of wildlife decline don’t apply within our country.

Using the Living Planet Index (LPI) methodology developed by the Zoological Society of London and WWF-International, WWF-Canada set out to determine how populations of vertebrate species are faring within national borders.

Sadly, the research shows wildlife populations in Canada are in serious decline. Even more surprising, the numbers for at-risk species—those protected by law—are just as bad, if not worse.

To reverse that decline, Canadians must ramp up conservation efforts to prevent wildlife loss and recover at-risk species.