Quebec’s Plan Nord Promises Historic Land Conservation

by Matt Ball on August 13, 2011

The Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Pierre Arcand, announced plans to conserve 600,000 square kilometers of Northern Quebec yesterday when discussing the conservation side of the Plan Nord project plan. Plan Nord was originally announced in May, with an economic development focus that will see the government investing $80 billion over 25 years to mine gold, diamonds, copper, molybdenum, rare-earths, nickel, lithium and uranium. The latest announcement balances this natural resource extraction plan with land conservation and ecological planning at an unprecedented scale, with the vast area covered by the plan twice the size of France.

You can download the first action plan (PDF) here.

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