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Calgary's Biodiversity





Sharing our urban spaces with wildlife.



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Calgary's Biodiversity

Sharing our urban spaces with wildlife.


Together we can work toward a future where nature does not succumb to urban pressures that place a strain on wildlife food sources, habitat availability, or wildlife transportation corridors.

Calgary enjoys an abundance of wildlife and natural habitat. We can promote healthy urban living while conserving sensitive natural areas and the creatures that share our city.

In the fall of 2016, The City of Calgary signed the Durban Commitment, becoming the third Canadian city, alongside the City of Edmonton and the City of Montreal to formally join an international program directed by Local Action for Biodiversity, a program representing local governments from across the world to improve biodiversity planning and management. By signing this commitment, The City acknowledges  accountability and responsibility for the health and wellbeing of our communities through protecting, sustainably utilizing and managing biodiversity and recognizing its role as the foundation of our existence.

In March 2015, Council approvedOur BiodiverCity, Calgary's 10-year biodiversity strategic plan and accompanying Biodiversity Policy. The plan is based on principles for the protection, development and management of Calgary parks and ecosystems in support of biodiversity. Our goal is to foster resilient, biologically diverse open spaces and neighbourhoods for Calgarians, visitors, plants and wildlife. The strategic plan builds on theCity of Calgary Biodiversity Report 2014.

Biodiversity Committee

In the fall of 2015, The City of Calgary mandated the BiodiverCity Advisory Committee. Learn more about BiodiverCity Advisory Committee projects and initiatives.


Our vision

Calgarians value our city's diversity and richness in wildlife, vegetation and landscapes; The City of Calgary and citizens work to integrate our actions and the built environment with an ecological network that is healthy, connected and well managed.

Our guiding principles

  1. Ecological literacy
  2. Ecological resilience
  3. Collaboration
  4. Integration

Measuring success

By 2025, we will:

  1. Evaluate landscapes in Calgary and set targets for conservation measures to identify, protect and manage ecological cores and corridors.
  2. Restore 20 per cent of Calgary' s current open space to increase biodiversity.
  3. Identify invasive species in Calgary's open space and complete strategies for their management.