Although conserving biodiversity is everyone's responsibility, deciding on how to do this at the national scale and enforcing the required legislation is, naturally, the domain of the government. As a representative of the people of the country, the government has a duty to not only prevent the loss of diversity, but to do so in a way that benefits the population at the same time. This section details the organizations, agreements, and legislation that carries out the task of preserving and nurturing biodiversity in Canada.

The number of organizations (governmental and non-governmental) and pieces of legislation that affect Canada's biodiversity are beyond the ability of an overview such as this to describe in detail. Almost every organization and piece of legislation in this section has a link to a web site with more detailed information and more links in turn. These links open in new browser windows; just close the opened window to return to this site. Each of these links also appears in the references section.

Page 2: Timeline

Page 3: Canadian organizations

Page 4: International organizations

Page 5: Legislation