QUÉBEC'S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PLAN:
MINISTER MULCAIR RELEASES QUÉBEC'S 2004-2007 BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY AND
Quebec City, November 25, 2004 - Thomas J. Mulcair,
Minister of the Environment, today released Québec's 2004-2007 Biodiversity
Diversity Strategy and Action Plan. This is Québec's first major action in
Québec's Sustainable Development Plan.
"Sustainable development must be supported by concrete
action. The biodiversity action plan is one of the government’s
major initiatives in the area of sustainable development," said minister
The Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, the
result of an intensive interministerial process, demonstrates the
government's commitment to promoting the preservation and sustainable use of
biological diversity. The strategy and action plan covers every priority
area of biodiversity intervention in Québec, including wildlife, forests,
farming and aquatic environments, energy, mines, northern communities, urban
communities, biotechnology and education.
To achieve its objectives between 2004 and 2007, Québec will
focus its efforts on six major strategic orientations, in line with the
United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
These major orientations are:
Conserve Québec’s natural resources by consolidating and
protecting a network of representative biodiversity areas
Improve integration of the preservation of biodiversity
within development activities
Implement government commitments having an impact on biodiversity
Strengthen collaborations to promote biodiversity
Increase knowledge of biodiversity
Work with national and international organizations to
Along with this strategy, the Québec government also adopted
an action plan with close to 500 measures that will be put forward by
governmental and non-governmental organizations. The aim of these measures
is to promote biodiversity in Québec in a context of sustainable
An interministerial committee under the Ministère de
l'Environnement will coordinate implementation of the Québec Biodiversity Strategy and the annual tracking of the 2004-2007 action plan.
“Biological resources are the source of our well-being
and quality of life. Our efforts must be directed at protecting them and
using them in a sustainable way for the greater benefit of present and
future generations,” said minister Mulcair.
The following documents can be consulted in French only
on the website of the Ministère de l'Environnement at www.menv.gouv.qc.ca:
2004-2007 Québec Biodiversity Action Plan.
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