From the St. Lawrence Estuary to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, including Anticosti Island and the Magdalen Islands, our marine environments are filled with beauty and riches. Yet our great river and the many species with which we share it are threatened. This is why CPAWS Quebec is working to create marine protected areas in the St. Lawrence.
The vast expanses of northern Quebec are home to some of the last ecologically intact environments on the planet. Occupied since time immemorial by the Inuit and by the Cree, Innu, Naskapi, Algonquin and Atikamekw First Nations, the boreal forest, taiga and tundra provide habitat for millions of nesting birds and some of the largest caribou and salmonid populations in North America. The human footprint in the area also varies substantially, with the northern section more significantly affected by industrial activities and urbanization.
Our network of protected areas aims to protect Quebec's biological diversity for future generations – from the vast tundra of Nunavik to the rich hardwood forests of southern Quebec. While protected areas are rarer in urban areas, the pressure on natural spaces in urban areas is also the greatest anywhere in Quebec.
Nature provides us not only with many ecological services but also with ecological benefits of inestimable value. Through various projects, CPAWS Quebec wishes to restore the vital and necessary link between humans and nature!
The climate crisis and biodiversity
To counter the effects of climate change and adapt to it, CPAWS Quebec is turning to an affordable, proven, billion-year-old technology: nature itself. When natural solutions are successful in addressing both environmental and social issues, we call them nature-based solutions.