Mission and objectives
Biopolis regroups citizen, scientific and institutional communities as well as decision makers and organizations working in the field of biodiversity, striving to bring together multi-sector knowledge and expertise.
Biopolis is an informative platform that promotes research, effective solutions and best practices aspiring to protect and increase the value of urban biodiversity.
The main objectives of Biopolis are the following:
- Connect and bring together urban biodiversity stakeholders
- Share and group together knowledge and projects
- Communicate, inform and promote initiatives
- Make the Montreal urban biodiversity scene shine regionally and internationally
Biopolis is a dynamic and evolving reference tool that adapts to current issues and needs identified by stakeholders working to enhance urban biodiversity. Montreal will be the first to have its expertise celebrated on Biopolis. Other Canadian cities will be added to our movement in the near future.
The process that led to the creation of an urban biodiversity hub in Montreal was initiated in 2012 within the framework of an agreement with the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP). This strategy’s goal was to identify the needs and issues inherent to the pooling and highlighting of multi-sector knowledge and expertise regarding urban biodiversity science.
In 2014, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Canada) joined Concertation Montréal in the creation process. The two organizations combined their expertise and worked with local experts to create the Pôle d’excellence en biodiversité urbaine de Montréal.
Then, in 2015, WWF-Canada and Concertation Montréal, with the help of an advisory committee, finalized the vision, the mission and the identity of the hub, known today as Biopolis. Members of the advisory committee stem from research institutions, public bodies, and from private and non-governmental organizations.
Biodiversity and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Biodiversity being at the heart of Biopolis and its working themes, we must keep in mind its definition. This is how it is formulated in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD.1992):
“’Biological diversity’ (biodiversity) means the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.”
The CBD has also identified five major threats to biodiversity:
- The loss and fragmentation of habitat
- Overexploitation of species
- Climate change
- Invasive Alien species
Biopolis wishes to encourage and inspire initiatives that will address these issues and challenges within a context of global decline of biodiversity.