As one of the original signatories and early
ratifiers of the Convention, Canada stated that a national
biodiversity strategy will soon be circulated for broad public
review. Canada encouraged each country to tailor its strategy to
meet its own needs and stated that, although country studies may be
an important first step, they need not be prerequisites for the
development of national strategies. In turn, national strategies,
however effective, need not delay implementation of the Convention.
To this end, Canada urged UNEP and other potential funders to
facilitate the carrying out of country studies.