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Nunavik gets federal funds to help expand its protected areas – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on December 3, 2019173 Views

With $1.25 million, plan for 20 per cent protection of land moves forward

The federal government is throwing its support behind a plan to protect 20 per cent of Nunavik’s lands and waters from development.

On Monday, Nov. 25, the Kativik Regional Government council approved an agreement with the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change that would see $1.25 million from the Canada Nature Fund being spent on community consultations to expand the region’s protected area network.

Officials from Nunavik and Quebec have been working on this expansion for more than a decade. It would result in 20.97 per cent of Nunavik’s lands and waters being protected from development, with the creation of nine new protected areas in places where the province has agreed to temporarily suspend granting mining claims.

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