Conservation of biodiversity – Québec will provide more than 7 million dollars to Ducks Unlimited Canada and to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to support the acquisition and development of land for the preservation of wildlife habitats

Québec, October 22, 2019 — To ensure the preservation of natural habitats and the survival of wildlife populations, the Gouvernement du Québec is supporting two well-known conservation organizations, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, providing financial aid totalling $7.26 million to acquire private land and carry out development work on lands in the domain of the State.

The Minister of the Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs and Minister Responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and the Nord-du-Québec Region, Mr. Pierre Dufour, today presented the details of two new partnership agreements on the occasion of an activity underlining 30 years of collaboration with the partners of the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV).

An amount of $3,380,000 over three years has been granted by the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP) to Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). The MFFP is also awarding an amount of $3,880,000 over three years to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). These investments will allow for the funding of projects designed to ensure the preservation and development of lands to help at-risk wildlife species and promote ecological connectivity.

The funding partnership agreements signed between MFFP and the two organizations provide for maximum investments totalling $13,186,000 which will allow for the sharing of costs to acquire private properties and develop habitats on lands in the domain of the State. Land acquired by the partners will be transferred to the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs so that the Ministry can ensure their long-term preservation. The goal of the development projects will be to maintain or increase the viability of targeted populations.

Partners united for 30 years

Minister Pierre Dufour also participated in a meeting of partners of the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV), who were gathered in the City of Québec as part of celebrations to mark 30 successful years of collaboration.

The meeting allowed the Minister to learn about the latest accomplishments of the EHJV in Québec, accompanied by representatives of the five other member organizations, i.e. DUC, NCC, the Fondation de la faune du Québec, the ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques and Environment and Climate Change Canada. During a panel, representatives of the organizations discussed the principle accomplishments that have improved waterfowl population levels and the quality of their habitats, protected more than 520 sq. km. of habitat and restored more than 70 sq. km. of wetlands.

This meeting also allowed the Minister to reiterate the Gouvernement du Québec’s interest in remaining a member of the EHJV in order to continue establishing funding partnerships to help maintain and improve wetland habitat ecosystems. The partnership, founded in 1989, is one component of an international initiative whose purpose is the conservation of habitats related to waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans) and the collaboration of governmental and non-governmental organizations with the common goal of protecting wildlife habitats and birds, and to make these natural environments accessible to citizens.

Quotations:

“Conservation of natural habitats in Québec is fundamental for the survival of birds and other animals, including threatened and vulnerable species. Consequently, actions under the framework of new partnership agreements will provide high-quality habitats for fauna, to meet their needs throughout their life-cycles. We can also be proud of the work accomplished by EHJV partners over the past 30 years. By uniting our forces we will maintain natural habitats for the benefit of wildlife, as well as for the public.”

Mr. Pierre Dufour, Minister of the Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs and Minister Responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region and the Nord-du-Québec Region

“I am very happy to mark our 30 years of collaboration with federal and provincial organizations in various initiatives designed to protect wildfowl species in eastern Canada, and their habitats. Actions done under the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture provide high-quality habitats for aquatic fauna, which is also of great benefit to us, since wetlands and water bodies have a major role to play in our adaptation to climate change.”

Mr. Benoît Charrette, Minister of the Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques

“Ducks Unlimited Canada is delighted by the renewal of the funding agreement with the ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs. The new funds for the restoration of habitats and the protection of species will allow us to continue our essential field work. The first project that will benefit from the agreement will be the upgrading of facilities and the optimization of the wildlife infrastructure of the refuge faunique Marguerite-D’Youville in Châteauguay.”

Mr. Bernard Filion, manager of Québec operations, Ducks Unlimited Canada

 “The Nature Conservancy of Canada is proud to participate in the EHJV and to establish partnerships with the Gouvernement du Québec to promote protection of natural habitats. For more than 30 years, our concrete actions for this purpose have helped conserve our natural heritage for the benefit of future generations, and protected vulnerable species such as migratory birds. Protected sites provide us important ecological services: they purify the air we breathe, filter the water we drink and provide access to outdoor activities.”

Mr. Hubert Pelletier, Québec Director of Conservation, Nature Conservancy of Canada

“For 30 years, the partners of the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture have collaborated to restore and protect wetlands that are important for migratory birds. The experience they have developed, the noteworthy results and the solid partnerships established will allow us to collectively respond to future challenges and to implement major biodiversity initiatives, which will contribute to the well-being of communities in Québec and eastern Canada.”

Ms. Marie-Josée Couture, Regional Director, Canadian Wildlife Service—Quebec Region for Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture

Highlights

  • The agreement with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is for a maximum investment of $5,760,000 over three years, of which $2,380,000 is to come from DUC.
  • The agreement with The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is for a maximum investment of $7,426,000 over three years, of which $3,546,000 is to come from NCC.
  • The Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV) was established in 1989 to accomplish wetlands conservation projects in eastern Canada as part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan—an international collaboration between Canada, the United States and Mexico designed to conserve waterfowl and wetlands.
  • The EHJV is a partnership of the six provinces of eastern Canada: Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, who share a common objective: to maintain and improve habitats to support sustainable bird population levels while offering ecological and economic benefits to society.
  • The ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs chairs the provincial steering committee and represents the Gouvernement du Québec on the EHJV Board of Directors.
  • Examples of projects implemented with the help of the EHJV:
Projects Region
Marais Antoine in Roquemaure Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Réserve naturelle du Marais-Léon-Provancher in Neuville Capitale-Nationale
Réserve naturelle du Lac-du-Portage Chaudière-Appalaches
Tourbière du Lac-à-la-Tortue Mauricie
Refuge faunique Marguerite-D’Youville in Châteauguay Montérégie
Petite et Grande Presqu’île near Montebello Outaouais

Related links:

For information on the MFFP and to learn more about its activities and achievements, visit mffp.gouv.qc.ca or any of the following social media pages:

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