– Maintaining Biodiversity and Public Access in a Protected Area
Parks Canada's mandate is to protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's natural heritage, to ensure their ecological integrity for present and future generations, and to foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment. In La Mauricie National Park, this dual mandate of presentation and protection has helped maintain and increase populations of at-risk species, notably the Eastern wolf and the wood turtle, as well as the park's avian emblem, the common loon. Long-term monitoring of these species and the knowledge acquired about their use of the territory have made it possible to modulate park management and public activities to conserve these important elements of biodiversity. The park's territory maintains the presence of two wolf packs. In 2020, a record number of wood turtle nests were observed. The number of loon pairs more than doubled between 1987 and 2020. These results indicate that it is possible to reconcile the maintenance of biodiversity while allowing public access to the territory for recreational and learning purposes.
– Rethinking the Protection of Biodiversity in an Era of Global Change
Nature conservation is paramount in an era of growing concern about climate change and the loss of biodiversity. In order to achieve the sustainable development goals proposed by the United Nations, we will need to strengthen our efforts to conserve nature. These efforts will be important to reduce social inequalities, provide a quality of life conducive to the well-being of Quebecers, and ensure new jobs aimed at diversifying local and regional economies. Based on recent findings highlighted by the international community, stakeholders will discuss strategies to meet provincial and international targets on ecological, economic and socio-cultural levels. This exchange will also highlight the various impacts and spin-offs of the efforts to be deployed and reflect on development paths for the future.
– An Ecosystemic Approach to Management of Economic Sectors through the Ecosystemic Management Plans (PDGE© / EMP©) Tool
The method of Ecosystemic Management Plans (PDGE© / EMP©), carried by the new Canadian NGO Resiliences Ecosystemiques, offers an innovative operational tool, accessible to all, to contribute to a greener economic recovery. The innovative nature of this multi-actor and multi-sector spatial planning tool stems from its holistic vision and its multi-scale representation of economic, environmental and socio-cultural dimensions, considering invasive species and the anticipation of climate change. Aiming for a balance between ecological health and economic growth, it takes into account the ecosystems that support economic activities, their condition, potential and vulnerabilities. This information, associated with the capitalization and spatialization of the knowledge of stakeholders (public, private, research, public authorities, local communities, civil society, etc.) on production, transformation and marketing, makes it possible to align actions and develop sustainable common solutions. These solutions optimize the value chain and investments, while strengthening the resilience of ecosystems, leading to budget rationalization and ROI stability.