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Articles by Florence Daviet

Florence is CPAWS' National Forest Program Director, and has worked on forest-related issues since 2006. She is a leading expert on Canadian and US forest carbon policy and has produced key inputs for the Western Climate Initiative, the California Climate Action Registry, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Canadian government on forest carbon programs. For the past 5 years, Florence has managed a project working with 9 NGO partners in Brazil, Indonesia, and Cameroon on designing and implementing programs aimed at reducing deforestation and forest degradation and improving forest governance in each country. Since 2007, Florence has provided NGO coalitions working on forestry issues in the international and US climate negotiations strategic and technical support.

Can caribou survive a ten year stall on protecting areas in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region?

The mayors of the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region have requested the ministry of sustainable development in Quebec declare a moratorium on identifying protected areas in their region, a region that is vital for endangered woodland caribou in the province.


I have to admit, when I first heard the phrase, I had to repeat it a couple of times before its meaning sank in.

But it is true; the mayors have asked that for ten years no decision to create areas to protect caribou, other endangered species and valuable ecosystem services, be taken.

It seems an odd use of the term moratorium. From a caribou’s perspective waiting ten years for a decision on protecting the habitat they rely on must seem like business as usual, not a moratorium at all. And in the meantime the forests they rely on will stay open for logging and other activities that will threaten them. Business as usual, indeed.

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