Globally we're working towards a standard definition for all types of conservation lands. For many years there's been an internationally accepted definition of protected areas. I'm referring to government-protected areas. The accounting we are doing at Environment Canada includes some areas that are not capital “P” capital “A” protected areas. We're beginning to build some privately held lands into the accounting system. For example, under the natural areas conservation program, an interest in the land is acquired through either the purchase of the land or with what we call a conservation easement. We're working towards making sure we're accounting for those lands in the inventory we're developing. Those then would count towards the 17% aspirational global biodiversity target that's been alluded to already, which was adopted internationally in 2010. Those private conservation lands make an important contribution to conservation in Canada in addition to those government-protected areas.
On March 10th, 2015. See this statement in context.