Quebec has received only$ 10 Million of the $ 175 million promised by Ottawa to the creation of protected areas, say the environmentalists, who accuse the federal be unfair to Quebec.
“There are enough projects of protected areas in Quebec to go pick up our fair share of the envelope the federal government, but the government in this program has left Quebec,” says Alain Branchaud, director general of the Corporation for parks and wilderness (CPAWS) Quebec.
At the end of 2018, Environment Canada launched the program Challenge Fund for nature Canada, with a budget of $ 175 million.
A selection committee was immediately set up at Quebec to answer the call to Ottawa.
$ 35 Million needed
The projects selected with the approval of the provincial and regional authorities called for an investment of $ 35 million, ” says Mr. Branchaud.
But less than a third of the sum applied for has finally been granted, ” he laments.
“We really don’t have our share, and the worst of it is that we don’t even have the right to know why,” said Henri Jacob, Action, Boreal, pointing to the opacity of Ottawa— in this folder.
At the time of writing these lines, Environment Canada did not respond to requests for information from the Log.
Protect the Caribou
The project of protection of the caribou herd Val-d’or, proposed by Action Boréale has been rejected, although it would have cost less than a million dollars to Ottawa.
“We said to the federal that our project was very good, but it lacked of money,” says Mr. Jacob. Shortly after the refusal of Ottawa, Quebec has locked up the seven caribou remaining in Val-d’or in a pen as big as two soccer fields.
In its annual report on the protection of nature published today after weeks of a pandemic, the SNAP calls on Ottawa and the provinces to ” place nature at the heart of policies post-COVID “.
The organization points out that “the degradation of nature is directly linked to the risks of a pandemic” since 75 % of disease, “new or emerging”, that infect humans are transmitted by wildlife species due to the degradation of natural habitats.
The conservation of nature in figures
64 000 jobs have been supported by the federal parks, provincial and territorial governments in Canada in 2019
1 $ invested in the parks in Canada has reported 6 $ in the canadian GDP
100 000 km2 of québec’s territory are identified as protected area candidates by the local authorities
*Source : SNAP