Supporting local biodiversity

by | Jun 8, 2023 | Health and Wellness

Late last year the world descended on Montreal for COP15, the United Nations Biodiversity Conference. More than 190 countries were involved in negotiations around a set of goals to guide global action through 2030 to support and protect biodiversity.

Cities across Canada and the world can be rich in biodiversity though their parks, forests, recreational spaces, public gardens and even private yards, and cities are making commitments to protect this biodiversity through what is called the Montreal Pledge.

Protecting and supporting biodiversity is complex and multi-faceted, but what is clear is that there is no single plan and it will require a diversity of approaches.

When it comes to protecting against pests such as insects, weeds and diseases that can damage valuable biodiverse greenspaces in and around our cities, there are a variety of tools and approaches available through what is called integrated pest management. This involves a variety of mechanical, biological and cultural control methods along with the use of pesticides only when and where necessary.

Controlling invasive species is a key element of the Montreal Pledge. And, oftentimes, pesticides are a tool that can eliminate invasive species that threaten biodiversity in our cities and greenspaces, which require care and maintenance to thrive so that they can continue to support biodiversity.

Similarly, the pledge focuses on the need to support sustainable urban agriculture that contributes to food security. Here again, integrated pest management is critical to ensuring the successful growing of food in urban environments.

By working together and focusing on specific outcomes, the cities of the world can play a key part in meeting global biodiversity targets.

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