The goal of the project is to protect coastal zones, estuaries and marine environments of exceptional beauty that are home to rich animal and plant communities.
The proposed Tawich Conservation Area is adjacent to the biodiversity reserve of the Paakumshumwaau (Old Factory) and the Maatuskaau (Poplar) rivers. Integration of terrestrial and marine ecosystems corresponds to the holistic Cree conception of the environment as a continuous land- and seascape. It is an innovative initiative of inter-governmental cooperation among the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the provincial and federal governments.
The goal of the project is to protect coastal zones, estuaries and marine environments of exceptional beauty that are home to rich animal and plant communities. The marine protected area would conserve:
• the last rivers not altered by hydroelectric projects on the La Grande and Easmain rivers;
• The Twin Islands, which are home to the southernmost population of polar bears, and many marine and shore bird colonies;
• The long-held traditional management and use of natural marine resources by Cree and Inuit families.
CPAWS’s efforts for the Tawich Project
CPAWS Québec supports this project, a joint initiative of university researchers and a number of Cree and Inuit communities, which aims to protect a site of great ecological and cultural value. CPAWS supports the establishment of a network of protected areas based on Cree knowledge and their institutions providing land and sea management to ensure regional sustainability, cultural continuity and biodiversity protection. The Québec government has given its support to the terrestrial biodiversity reserve, and the marine protected area is being developed jointly with the James Bay communities, the Grand Council of the Crees and Parks Canada.
Assessing national progress towards marine protection to December 2012.