Ecosystem Status and Trends Assessment Report (ESTR) for Canada

This, the first and only national-scale ecosystem-based biodiversity assessment undertaken in Canada, was a collaborative project of the Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments.  ESTR reports are published by the Canadian Councils of Resource Ministers. The assessment forms part of Canada’s commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Authors and reviewers include hundreds of experts from across Canada. A main report was produced in late 2010, followed by a series of reports on Canada’s major ecozones, and a series of national-scale thematic technical reports.

The official website for the assessment is biodivcanada.ca. In order to increase awareness of the assessment and accessibility to its products, we are posting a selection of published ESTR reports on this website. Some of these reports may not be consistently available through the official website. Our connection to this project is that Joan Eamer was on the author team of several of the reports, and Claire Eamer edited or contributed to several reports.

Notes: These reports are unaltered copies of official works published by the Government of Canada. Please consider reposting ESTR reports on other sites so that they remain widely accessible to the Canadian public. French versions were also produced–if you wish to obtain one, submit your request through the contact information on the official website. The reports on Canada’s Arctic ecozones have not yet been published–we will post both the full report and the highlights report on this website when they are released.

Main report

Ecozone reports

  • Atlantic Maritime. 2014. Evidence for key findings summary, prepared by T. Hayes, D. Beaudette, G. Sheehy, and P. Lilley. Based mainly on an unpublished technical report with lead author S. Eaton.
  • Hudson Plains. 2013. Evidence for key findings summary, prepared in partnership by the lead authors of the full technical report and the ESTR Secretariat. Technical ecozone report lead coordinating authors and compilers: K.F. Abraham, L.M. McKinnon, Z. Jumean, S.M. Tully, L.R. Walton and H.M. Stewart.
  • Prairies. 2014. Evidence for key findings summary, prepared by T. Hayes, P. Lilley, M. Dubois and J. Thorpe, based mainly on an unpublished technical report with lead authors J. Thorpe and B. Godwin.
  • Taiga Cordillera. 2011. Evidence for key findings summary, prepared by the ESTR Secretariat, based mainly on an unpublished technical report with lead authors N. MacLean and J. Eamer.
  • Taiga Plains. 2013. Evidence for key findings summary, prepared by the ESTR Secretariat with the assistance of J. Eamer and A. Gunn, based mainly on an unpublished technical report with lead authors A. Gunn, J. Eamer and S. Carrière.
  • Taiga Shield. 2014. Evidence for key findings summary, prepared by A. Gunn and J. Eamer, based mainly on an unpublished technical report with the same lead authors.
  • Western Interior Basin. 2014. Evidence for key findings summary, prepared by R. Rae, G. Sheehy, T. Hayes ad E. Gonzales. Based mainly on an unpublished technical report with lead authors D. Gayton, L. Harding, T. Hayes and R. Rae.

 Technical Thematic Reports

Marine ecozone status and trends reports (published by Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

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