Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 24, 2009 13:27 ET

Federal Contributions of $2,143,588 Granted to 40 Projects for the Protection of Species at Risk Habitats in Quebec

RIVIERE-DU-LOUP, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2009) - The Honourable 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 Honourable 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.

In eastern Quebec, ten organizations will share a sum totalling $464,135. Projects that have been implemented include the conservation of habitat and species at risk in the St. Lawrence estuary on the North Shore and the Iles-de-la-Madeleine, supervision of tourism stakeholders in the Gaspe with respect to whale watching, mobilization of members of the public to respect wildlife habitat, production of information materials on marine mammals and coordination of the Reseau quebecois d'urgence pour les mammiferes marins.

"The Government of Canada is committed to addressing Canadians' environmental priorities and we are pleased to support the community's efforts to protect its environment," said Minister Paradis.

"One of the major initiatives of Attention Frag'Iles has involved rallying Magdalen Islands residents and visitors behind efforts to halt the loss of Piping Plover habitat," said Catherine Denault, executive director of the organization. "This federal assistance will help us protect this bird species, which nests on the islands and is listed as endangered in Canada and threatened in Quebec."

In 2009-2010, the government will invest 13 million dollars in various communities across Canada through the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. This Program contributes to the restoration of endangered and threatened species and other endangered species, 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 the application of the Species at Risk Act.

Funding for these community-based environmental improvement projects across the country is provided through environmental community 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.

(Egalement disponible en francais)

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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