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COP15, which took place in Montreal from December 7 to 19, was a turning point to preserve life.


COP15 is the most important global meeting on biodiversity in over 10 years. Its goal is to raise ambition among the countries who have signed the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and to adopt a new common global framework for biodiversity restoration and protection. The new global framework will require profound transformations in our society in order to:

  1. Stabilize the trends that have exacerbated biodiversity loss in the next ten years (by 2030);

  2. Allow for the recovery of natural ecosystems in the following 20 years, with net improvements by 2050;

  3. Achieve the Convention's vision of "living in harmony with nature by 2050."


We are in the midst of an environmental crisis (climate disruption and biodiversity decline) which is greatly affecting the living world. Our ecosystems and our planet operate within a delicate balance, and when biodiversity is eroded, all living things are threatened. There are impacts on the livelihoods and the food security of billions of people, on our health and on our quality of life.

🐝 One million plant and animal species under threat

According to a 2019 report by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), no less than one million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction (out of an estimated total of eight million on Earth).

Humanity is far behind on biodiversity conservation. Currently, the world protects 8% of its marine areas and almost 16% of its terrestrial and aquatic environments.

To confront the bio-climatic emergency, Équiterre is working to foster systemic changes.

 Biodiversity is everything that’s alive. It’s you, it’s us, it’s everything that makes up our ecosystems and that allow us to live on this planet. It’s the food that nourishes us, it’s the water that hydrates us. It’s the microorganisms that decompose living things at the end of their lives so that they can feed the soil and generate new life. 

Colleen Thorpe

Why is Équiterre at COP15?

Biodiverse, living soils not only produce food that is more nutritious, they also capture carbon and protect against the effects of climate change.

In 2022, the environmental movement has a multitude of voices and expertise areas, with numerous groups working specifically on protecting biodiversity, flora and fauna. Équiterre's work to fight and mitigate the impacts of the environmental crisis is closely linked with the fight against biodiversity loss. Climate issues and biodiversity issues are closely intertwined. Work on one cannot be done without the other.

Équiterre is at COP15 to monitor progress on the global framework, and will be working in three areas:

Highlighting the importance of soil biodiversity

For several years, Équiterre has been working on soil health, which is directly linked to human and environmental health. Biodiverse, living soils not only produce food that is more nutritious, they also capture carbon and protect against the effects of climate change.
During COP15, Équiterre will host a conference and a panel discussion on soil biodiversity and animate a booth on soil biodiversity.

Mobilizing against projects that would destroy biodiversity

The federal government is working to protect endangered species and biodiversity, but it continues to approve fossil projects such as Bay du Nord. The government’s offshore oil and gas regulations are too weak to properly protect marine ecosystems and species.
During COP15, Équiterre will raise awareness about the risks and impacts that Bay du Nord would have on marine ecosystems and species, to continue mobilizing against the project.

Raising awareness on the impacts of biodiversity loss

The impacts of biodiversity decline go far beyond the loss of iconic animals such as the polar bear. When biodiversity is lost, all forms of life are threatened.
During COP15, Équiterre will encourage people to join us at the Great March for Biodiversity;
provide information as a member of the Collectif COP15;
donate a work of art entitled Ours polaire sur glaces éphémères to the City of Montréal for display, with the goal of raising public awareness about the interrelated issues of climate disruption and biodiversity decline.

COP15 timeline


December 18 

Soil biodiversity booth

Équiterre is animating an exhibition booth on soil biodiversity in the Canada Pavilion (closed to the public)

December 13

Join our webinar on Bay du Nord

Équiterre is co-hosting a webinar with Sierra Club, on the risks and the impacts that the Bay du Nord project will have on marine species and ecosystems

December 12

Watch our conference on soil biodiversity

Équiterre is hosting a conference and panel discussion on soil biodiversity and food

December 10

March with us!

Équiterre is participating in the Great March for Biodiversity and Human Rights

December 8

View our mural projection

Équiterre is animating a projection on La Maison du développement durable in Montréal

December 5

World Soil Day

Open letter by Carole-Anne Lapierre "The soil feeds what feeds us. It constitutes, both literally and figuratively, the foundation of our health and life on Earth. And yet, we know so little about it.

As we celebrate World Soil Day, we invite you to learn more about this living, nourishing heritage home to a quarter of the planet’s biodiversity."

December 4 to 20

View the artwork: Ours polaire sur glaces éphémères

Exposition at Place des Arts of a work of art donated to the City of Montreal by Équiterre

October 27

Launch of the Collectif COP15

Civil society is mobilized in support of biodiversity!

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