Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 24, 2009 11:43 ET

$2,143,588 in Federal Funding Announced for 40 Projects to Protect Quebec Habitats of Species at Risk

PLESSISVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2009) - The Honorable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Member of Parliament for Megantic-L'Erable, today announced, on behalf of the Minister of the Environment, the Honorable Jim Prentice, a grant of $2,143,588 to finance 40 projects for the protection of species at risk and their habitat in Quebec. These funds are drawn from the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk.

Three organizations, the Conseil regional de l'environnement du Centre-du-Quebec (CRECQ), the Regroupement QuebecOiseaux, and Ducks Unlimited have received a total of $128,989 for projects to be carried out in the Megantic-l'Erable and Compton-Stanstead regions. These projects are intended to protect the habitat of the wood turtle in Central Quebec and in the drainage basin of the Riviere Au Pin, the habitat protection of bird species at risk as part of sustainable forest management, and the evaluation of the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk for protection of birds.

"The Government of Canada has made a commitment to address Canadians' environmental priorities and we are pleased to support the community's efforts to protect its environment," said Minister Paradis. "We are happy to support projects like those of the Centre-du-Quebec Environmental Council, Ducks Unlimited and Regroupement QuebecOiseaux."

"For CRECQ, protection of the wood turtle's habitat is one of the major wildlife protection projects" says Gilles Brochu, CRECQ's president. "There is no doubt that this federal aid will help in protecting this highly vulnerable species."

"In 2009-2010, the government will invest 13 million dollars in various communities across Canada through the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk," says Minister Prentice. "This Program contributes to the recovery of endangered and threatened species and other species at risk, while preventing species from becoming a conservation concern."

The Habitat Stewardship Program is a partnership-based conservation initiative. It is managed by Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Parks Canada. It is one of the main components of the federal program for application of the Species at Risk Act.

Funding for these community-based environmental improvement projects across the country is provided through community environmental action programs managed or co-managed by Environment Canada. Community groups are encouraged to become involved in these programs.

For more information on the Habitat Stewardship Program, please visit Environment Canada's Community Action Programs for the Environment website at: http://www.ec.gc.ca/pace-cape/Default.asp?lang=EN.


BACKGROUNDER

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA'S HABITAT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM FOR SPECIES AT RISK

As part of Canada's National Strategy for the Protection of Species at Risk, the Government of Canada established the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. The Program allocates funds to projects that conserve and protect species at risk and their habitat, and help to preserve biodiversity. This year, the Government of Canada committed 13 million dollars to support the recovery of species at risk through 223 projects implemented in communities across the country.

These funds promote participation by local communities to help with the recovery of species at risk and prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern. This engages Canadians from all walks of life in conservation actions to benefit wildlife.

The Habitat Stewardship Program provides funding to successful applicants who are seeking to implement activities that protect or conserve habitat for species listed as "at risk" (endangered, threatened, or of special concern), under the Species at Risk Act. These activities must take place on private lands, provincial Crown lands, Aboriginal lands, or in aquatic and marine areas across Canada.

The program also fosters partnerships among organizations interested in the recovery of species at risk. Hundreds of Habitat Stewardship Program projects are currently underway across Canada.

The Program's objective is to achieve two-to-one leveraging on funds that it invests, so that, for every $1 provided by the Habitat Stewardship Program, $2 is raised by project recipients. This leveraging can include either financial or in-kind resources such as volunteered labour, products or services.

Partner funding and other support broaden the scope of projects, improve on-the-ground results and strengthen the public and private collaboration that is essential to involving all Canadians in stewardship activities for species at risk. The Program directs funds where they are needed most - into the hands of those who work to enhance Canada's lands and waters and who care about this country's natural legacy.

The Habitat Stewardship Program funds the implementation of activities designed to protect species or habitat, such as establishing conservation areas for the protection of wildlife habitat through an agreement signed between a landowner and a land trust. It also supports the implementation of activities that improve the habitat of species at risk, such as river bank restoration projects. The Program also provides grants to initiatives that mitigate threats from human activity to species at risk, for example, fencing to protect nesting grounds, or modified fishing gear to prevent incidental catch of non-targeted fish.

These projects address both habitat conservation and threat mitigation, benefiting more than 300 species listed under the Species at Risk Act. The Program has established more than 200 partnerships with Aboriginal organizations, landowners, resource users, nature trusts, provinces, the natural resource sector, community-based wildlife societies, educational institutions, and conservation organizations.

The Habitat Stewardship Program is administered by Environment Canada and managed co-operatively with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency.


BACKGROUNDER

LIST OF PROJECTS FUNDED IN QUEBEC UNDER THE HABITAT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM FOR SPECIES AT RISK IN 2009-2010 is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/gra0924.pdf

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Contact Information

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