The comments received were generally supportive of the proposal and the approach taken. Several commenters commended the government for its leadership in developing a cross-ministry biodiversity implementation plan. Some suggestions for change were provided. Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) coordinated the review & analysis of comments received and worked with the Ontario Public Service (OPS) Biodiversity Network Ministries to consider and address comments. The following is a summary of substantive comments on this proposal and the response from ministries.
Several comments were made that the document should apply to all OPS Ministries and several comments recommended that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) play a major role in biodiversity conservation. As the document indicates that some supporting activities pertain to “all ministries”, no change was made. To address the second comment, the document has been revised to indicate that the government is committed to both maintaining and expanding the OPS Biodiversity Network, consistent with action 3 to mainstream biodiversity within the OPS. Since the close of the Environmental registry comment period the MOHLTC has been added to the OPS Biodiversity Network.
Several comments recommended that priorities, timelines and deliverables for activities be set out in this document. The document has been revised to be clear that the term of this implementation plan is 2012-2020 consistent with Ontario’s Biodiversity Strategy, 2011. Through government priority setting, ministries will establish timelines and deliverables for individual activities. Several comments recommended that more emphasis be placed on partnerships. The document has been revised to reflect the importance of partnerships in implementation.
Many comments were too detailed or outside of the scope in order to be addressed by Biodiversity: It’s in Our Nature, but may inform the implementation of specific activities.