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Public consultation in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Complete the regional network of protected areas

Context

Since 2011, the MDDELCC has evaluated numerous territories as candidates to complete the network of protected areas in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

On September 21, 2012 Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s Conférence régionale des élus (CRE) held a forum on protected areas in the region. Taking a collaborative approach, using exchange and discussion workshops, the forum set out to define regional objectives to guide development of the network of protected areas. In parallel, regional actors were invited to submit proposals to the MDDELCC about areas deserving of protection.

Based on the current status of ecosystem protection in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and shortcomings identified in the regional portrait, the MDDELCC has targeted certain territories that could improve and complete the regional network of protected areas. Some were suggested by citizens, organizations or Aboriginal communities. The constraints and feasibility of turning them into protected areas have already been assessed.

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Consultation before granting proposed reserve status

Twelve territories (study areas) have been targeted in Abitibi-Témiscamingue to become protected areas. The present public consultation concerns the granting of proposed biodiversity reserve or proposed aquatic reserve status to these territories.

This consultation by the MDDELCC is different from public hearings held by the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE), which are required before an existing “proposed” reserve may be granted “permanent” status. The BAPE has held three hearings in Abitibi-Témiscamingue about fourteen proposed aquatic or biodiversity reserves.

The present consultation is thus an initial step in the grand process of creating aquatic and biodiversity reserves.

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Get informed, get involved

The present public consultation is being held online. To take part, those who are interested can begin by reading the relevant documentation, which can be downloaded from the Documentation section.

To maximize the opportunity to exchange information, participants are invited to submit questions. Only questions pertaining to the subjects specifically addressed by this public consultation will be accepted. Such questions, with the answers provided by the Ministère, may be published on this website.

Finally, here are the briefs that were passed as part of this public consultation.

Briefs

After reading the briefs submitted and thoroughly analyzing their content, the MDDELCC will produce a Public Consultation Report, which will also be available on this site.