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Canada | Quebec declares 7k-sq-km PA to protect woodland caribou

BAIE-COMEAU, QC, Nov. 28, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The extensive Caribous-Forestiers-de-Manouane-Manicouagan protected area will be created on the Côte-Nord and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean territories. The announcement was made today by the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Isabelle Melançon, in the presence of various local partners, including representatives from the Innu nations. From a sustainable development perspective, the creation of this protected area, where the highest densities of woodland caribou are observed in Québec, will ensure the protection of a high-quality habitat for this species, which has been designated as vulnerable since 2005.

The vast protected area will stand out by its size and will meet the specific needs of caribou in order to ensure their survival. The creation of this biodiversity reserve will cover an area specific to the woodland caribou of approximately 10,200 km2, which is 21 times the size of the Island of Montréal, and will add nearly 7,000 km2 to Québec's network of protected areas.