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International Science Symposium

Planning the conservation of Quebec’s northern ecosystems: The challenge of a decade

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The International Science Symposium is a two-day event taking place this spring in Montreal. It will be a unique opportunity for scientists and other experts to come together and determine solutions for the government of Quebec’s ambitious land planning commitment in its Plan Nord region. Symposium participants will include local and international stakeholders.

The Symposium is designed to ensure best outcomes. The First day of the event is open to public stakeholders; we call on all engaged groups and individuals to join us for vigorous discussions about governance, sustainable ecological planning, conservation tools, aboriginal leadership, and a variety of other topics. Although this day is open to the public, registration is nonetheless necessary. Day two of the symposium will feature closed workshop sessions that are by invitation only. During these sessions we will address two key points, including how to ensure conservation of biodiversity in large territories and determining the conditions for successful implementation of ecological land use planning in Quebec.

All sessions will be presented in French or English, with simultaneous translation. The organizing committee gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors and partners.


Intended Goal:

To establish a common understanding of the major conservation issues at stake in implementing the government’s commitment to protect half of the territory covered by the Plan Nord, namely with respect to:

  • Existing or possible biodiversity conservation means over large territories;
  • Conditions for the successful implementation of environmental planning.


Expected Results:

A series of questions and concrete recommendations adapted to the Québec context that will assist the government in achieving its commitment.

The Event Will Bring Together:

  • International and local scientists
  • Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal experts in community and land use planning
  • Natural resource conservation and management experts
  • Government officials


Who Should Come:

  • Scientists
  • Industry
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Stakeholders in conservation and ecological planning
  • Government
  • Aboriginal Peoples

This event was made possible with the support of:

Government of Québec, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks (MDDEP)

The mission of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks is to protect the environment and natural ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.

Government of Québec, Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife (MRRNF)

The mission of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife is to promote knowledge acquisition and to ensure the development and optimal use of land, energy, forestry and mineral resources in Québec from a sustainable development perspective, for the benefit of the entire population.

Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI)

The Canadian Boreal Initiative brings together diverse partners to create new solutions for Boreal Forest conservation. CBI works as a catalyst supporting on-the-ground efforts across the Boreal Forest by governments, industry, Aboriginal communities, conservation groups, major retailers, financial institutions and scientists.

Pew Environment Group

The Pew Environment Group works globally to establish pragmatic, science-based policies that protect our oceans, preserve our wildlands and promote the clean energy economy.

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale. The Foundation supports initiatives of public and private organizations, in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially-aware practices.

In partnership with:

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

First Nations of Québec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute (FNQLSDI)

The FNQLSDI supports the First Nation communities in their activities to protect and develop the quality of the territories, safeguard the Aboriginal culture and languages, the social and economic development as well as partnerships, and recognition of the interests and the rights of the First Nations.  The FNQLSDI also develops tools and organizes training sessions with a view to support First Nations communities to achieve their own sustainable development.

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is a leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, other non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.

The Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre

The Biodiversity Centre is a world-class centre of excellence in biodiversity research and preservation. The Centre represents an excellent example of the longstanding partnership between the Université de Montréal and the Montréal Botanical Garden. The Centre takes advantage of the well-established synergy among its main partners in the areas of research, training, conservation and public awareness in environmental protection and sustainable development.

Space for Life, Montréal Botanical Garden

With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens, and teams of researchers and activities staff, the Montréal Botanical Garden ranks as one of the world’s largest and most spectacular botanical gardens.

Organizing Committee:

  • Adeline Bazoge, MDDEP
  • Stéphanie Boudreau, Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Francois Brassard, MDDEP
  • Marie-Josée Côté, MDDEP
  • Valérie Courtois, Canadian Boreal Initiative
  • Mathew Jacobson, Pew Environment Group
  • Jean-Pierre Laniel, MDDEP
  • Suzann Méthot, Canadian Boreal Initiative
  • Fritz Reid, Ducks Unlimited Inc.
  • Frédérique Saucier, MDDEP
  • Gary Stewart, International Boreal Conservation Campaign
  • Andrée-Anne Vézina, First Nations of Québec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute
  • Jeff Wells, International Boreal Conservation Campaign

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