Ecosystem Initiatives: St. Lawrence action plan

The St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011 to 2026 is the latest Canada-Quebec Agreement on the St. Lawrence and builds on the four previous agreements implemented since 1988.

The agreement aims to conserve and enhance the St. Lawrence. It is based on strong collaboration and the pooling of resources and expertise between the governments of Canada and Quebec. As part of their respective responsibilities for the management of the St. Lawrence basin, these two governments recognize the need for close cooperation to tackle the environmental challenges facing this important ecosystem. Other partners are also joining in this initiative, including local organizations, environmental groups, research centres, and universities.

The St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011 to 2026 has identified three priority issues that are the foundation of the partners’ joint actions:

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Improved water quality
  • Sustainable use

In addition, two programs will provide decision support  on the St. Lawrence:

  • The State of the St. Lawrence Monitoring Program, launched in 2003
  • The Numerical Environmental Prediction Program for the St. Lawrence (new)

The St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011-2026 is also seeking to implement an integrated-management approach for the St. Lawrence by coordinating the efforts of decision-makers, users and civil society. To this end, Regional Round Tables will allow participants to plan and harmonize measures designed to protect this important ecosystem within the framework of sustainable development. An annual forum brings together representatives from all stakeholders having an interest  in or a responsibility toward the management of the resources of the St. Lawrence. This forum provides a platform to discuss the major issues facing the ecosystem and to advance the development of joint action plans.

The Community Interaction funding program supports community projects focused on regional environmental issues and the improvement of the St. Lawrence ecosystem.

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