Québec’s land mass covers more than 1,312,000 km2 and includes rich natural environments: boreal forest, southern deciduous forest, great wild rivers, shoreline, pack ice… These spectacular landscapes are also indispensable habitat for many animal and plant species.
Ensuring the continued existence of these natural treasures is at the heart of CPAWS Québec’s mission. By basing our work on the best scientific knowledge available and on our own expertise, we are able to identify priority areas and work towards their protection.
CPAWS Québec’s conservation experience is renowned. Our mobilization efforts for various sites and our public outreach campaigns, especially in local areas, to explain the issues and to separate fact from fiction, have greatly contributed to protecting many areas. The consultation and coordination work that we do with our partners is also an important key to our success.
Québec and Its Protected Areas
Protected areas are necessary to ensure that biodiversity is maintained. Industrial activity (such as mining, hydro-electric and forest development) is permanently excluded from these sites. Protected areas are greatly appreciated in Québec; thousands of visitors engage in recreational activities (hiking, camping, canoeing, etc.) in our parks.
The international community has set a protected areas target of 17% by 2020, and Québec has set itself a target of 12% by 2015. As of November 2013, 9.14% of Québec was protected.
Report on caribou situation across Canada, published by CPAWS in december 2013.