Quebec Moves Forward to Protect Boreal Region as Large as France

Quebec City, QC - 04/17/2012 - Mathew Jacobson, manager of the Pew Environment Group’s International Boreal Conservation Campaign in Quebec, issued the following statement today after the Quebec government introduced legislation to protect half of northern Quebec – nearly 600,000 square kilometers, an area about the size of France – from all industrial activity. The legislation is a part of Quebec’s “Plan Nord,” a sustainable development initiative for the province’s nearly 1.2-million-square-kilometer northern forest region (maps). The area is home to a significant portion of the Canadian boreal, the Earth’s largest intact forest ecosystem and its largest storehouse of carbon.

“Quebec has introduced legislation today that would create the single largest land conservation initiative in history.

“If Quebec fulfills its commitment to working in partnership with aboriginal communities and implementing science-based ecological planning, the Plan Nord could create a new global model for sustainable development.”

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