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CPAWS Quebec takes on important advisory role for province’s conservation plans

Quebec -  CPAWS Quebec (known by its French acronym as “SNAP”) welcomes the announcement today by Pierre Arcand, Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and Parks, of the creation of a conservation committee of top environmental experts to advise the government on conserving Quebec’s biodiversity.  We are pleased to announce that Patrick Nadeau, CPAWS Québec’s Co-Executive Director, has been named to the committee.

United for the better of all

The group’s mandate, among other duties, is the daunting but inspirational task of recommending the necessary actions needed to conserve Quebec’s biodiversity and ecological resources.
“We welcome the government’s recognition for the need and the creation of this group in Quebec. The conservation challenges we face are as complex as they are numerous. A tool such as this committee is especially useful in dealing with the ever-growing issue of maintaining Quebec’s biodiversity, as the issue of conservation becomes an ever-pressing global issue,” said Patrick Nadeau.

CPAWS Quebec recognizes that decisions concerning Quebec’s lands are the responsibility of the provincial government and the First Nations, and that regional groups play a crucial role when it comes to putting in place conservation measures such as the establishment of protected areas. With this in mind, it is evident that the recommendations put forth by the committee will be an invaluable asset for decision makers allowing them to make the utmost informed decisions.

A Full Commitment

CPAWS also supports the minister’s decision to assign the task of creating recommendations for the Northern Plan to the committee. The plan will outline the fundamental guidelines and tools necessary to meet the goals of conserving Quebec’s northern Boreal region.  With the premier’s commitment to protect 50% of the area identified by the Northern Plan, it is imperative that a group of conservation experts, such as the one formed by the Conservation Committee, be mandated to advise the government on implementation. This, however, was not a reality until recently.

CPAWS Québec is committed to working in collaboration with the other committee members to help fulfill the mandate of the Plan Nord.  “By integrating the knowledge of local First Nation communities, regional communities and the conservation community we can help protect one of Quebec’s greatest riches -- its biodiversity,” adds Nadeau.

Patrick Nadeau
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