Quebec has just passed the 10% barrier of coastal and marine areas that will be protected from all industrial or mining activity, while the Ministry of the Environment is adding 17 new territory reserves to its list.
These 17 new reserves of territories for the purposes of protected areas (RTFAP) total more than 14,000 km2.
Six of them are in the St. Lawrence Estuary, while the remaining 11 are in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
This is a massive addition to the surface area of protected areas, as previously they formed only 1.3% of the marine and coastal territory. These additions therefore represent an increase of 9.1% of the protected territory.
“Their designation is the subject of a consensus between the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.
“The indigenous communities concerned were also consulted,” said the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change in a statement.
The announcement was made on Sunday by Minister Benoît Charrette, who underlined in passing that Quebec has exceeded the international target of 10% set by the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The new designation, however, is only the beginning of an administrative process that should lead to a legal protection status under the Natural Heritage Conservation Act or the Wildlife Conservation and Development Act. .