This indicator corresponds to the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators Species at risk population trends.


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Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada, and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada Secretariat

Geographical Area: Canada

Unit of Measurement: Percentage

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Indicator name

Proportion of species at risk showing progress towards their population and distribution objectives


No specific target

Indicator description

The indicator shows whether population and distribution trends of species at risk are consistent with the objectives in final recovery strategies or management plans. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)

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Unit of measurement



Population and distribution trend information for each species is compared to its objectives to determine whether it is on track to meet those objectives. Each species is assigned to 1 of 4 categories based on whether it is making progress toward objectives: yes, no, mixed evidence, or insufficient information. The indicator is a count of the number of species in the yes, no or mixed evidence categories. (ECCC)

Comments and limitations

All species for which final recovery strategies or management plans exist are considered, namely species listed as extirpated, endangered, threatened, or special concern. A species is included in the indicator if it meets the following criteria.
1. Species listed as extirpated, endangered or threatened must be deemed feasible to recover
2. The species' recovery strategy or management plan has objectives relating to population size, distribution or both
3. Species have been reassessed since the publication of the final recovery strategy or management plan, to allow for population and distribution trends to be compared to the objectives
4. Sufficient information must be available to assess if the species' population and distribution trends are consistent with the recovery or management objectives

Results should not be interpreted as a measure of recovery or management success until sufficient time has passed to allow species to respond and to allow enough information to be collected to assess the recovery or management. (ECCC)

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