Quebec's New Budget Targets Plan Nord

17 avril 2012

(c) Fabio Gennaretti
The Quebec government sets course on Plan Nord in its last budget. Quebec invests millions of dollars to facilitate access to the territory of the Northern Plan (Plan Nord). But how and when will be funded environmental planning related to the protection of 50% of the territory?

Bachand's budget does not say. Protection of 50% of the territory is yet the backbone of the environmental component of the Northern Plan. Management plans should be based on sound ecological knowledge, which are lacking for most. CEN researcher Dominique Berteaux, the coordinator of the Quebec Network of environmental groups Bruno Massé, and Quebec Regional Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative Suzann Méthot exchanged on this issue.

Moreover, an international scientific symposium will bring together scientists and indigenous, April 26-27 in Montreal. The meeting will establish the foundations of an environmental planning for the conservation of major ecosystems northern Quebec. Anyone interested in governance, environmental planning, conservation tools and Aboriginal leadership, is invited ( ).

Listen to the full interview (french) : Le budget québécois: cap au nord, malgré l’austérité!
Published online by Je vote pour la science, April 3, 2012

Geneviève Allard and Dominique Berteaux