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Calgary's Biodiversity


Our city encompasses an abundance of wildlife and wildlife habitat. Nature is on our doorstep. As good neighbors, we can foster a positive relationship with the natural environment in a way that promotes healthy urban living as well conserving sensitive natural areas and the creatures that live alongside us and share our city.

We can all make a difference working toward a future where nature succeeds and does not succumb to urban pressures that place a strain on wildlife food sources, habitat availability, or wildlife transportation corridors.

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 BiodiverCity aims to provide a framework for The City to foster more resilient, biologically diverse open space and neighbourhoods that support positive outcomes for Calgarians, visitors, wildlife and plant communities. The strategic plan builds on theCity of Calgary Biodiversity Report 2014.

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.

BiodiverCity Advisory Committee

In the fall of 2015, The City of Calgary mandated the BiodiverCity Advisory Committee:

The BiodiverCity Advisory Committee provides Council and Administration with strategic advice on matters affecting urban biodiversity in The City of Calgary. The Committee advances the commitments and procedures identified within Our BiodiverCity, Calgary's 10-year biodiversity strategic plan and The Durban Commitment: Local Governments for Biodiversity.

Committee Agendas and Minutes

​Year ​Agendas ​Minutes
​2017 January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August (no meeting) / September ​January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August (no meeting) / September
​2016 January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August (no meeting) / September / October / November January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August (no meeting) / September / October
​2015 November / December ​November / December

Biodiversity projects and initiatives

Targeted grazing: using goats for weed control

Calgary Parks is using goats to control weeds in a portion of West Nose Creek/Confluence Park.

Elimination of invasive species

Caragana is being removed from South Glenmore Park, Edworthy Park and River Park to increase the biodiversity of the existing native tree stand.

Naturalization initiative

Designed to introduce a greater variety of native plant communities in our parks.

Invasive plant prevention and management

The Invasive Plant Strategic Management Plan is part of The City's ongoing commitment to managing pests and invasive species.

Calgary's tools for conservation

The City has developed a number of policies and tools that guide the conservation of biodiversity. These are statutory and non-statutory policies and guidelines that collectively guide us at The City to work towards better protection of natural area biodiversity.