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Quebec Launches Protection Plan


May 19, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Quebec government has announced plans to protect more than 18,000 square kilometres of forest and wetlands, in …

The Quebec government has announced plans to protect more than 18,000 square kilometres of forest and wetlands, in a total of 23 conservation areas.

The plan is in line with an earlier commitment by Quebec to protect 8% of its natural spaces from development by the end of the year, a recent report by the Montreal Gazette confirmed. The article further noted that this most recent pledge accounts for more than 1% of Quebec’s total area.

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This is quite significant and we’re ecstatic that Quebec has taken this step, which is long overdue and is a good down payment on its commitment to achieve eight per cent conservation, the Gazette reported Larry Innes, executive director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative as saying.

Critics have lauded Quebec’s failure to keep up with the conservation measures adopted by other Canadian provinces and have labeled the most recent plan as being overly simple to implement. The plan involves land located far north that is, as the Montreal Gazette noted of conservationists’ comments, relatively easy to protect since it is not under pressure for development.


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