The Forum Saint-Laurent
for Integrated Management of the St. Lawrence
The Forum Saint-Laurent is an annual event that promotes concerted action and collaboration by bringing together various stakeholders involved in managing the St. Lawrence’s resources and uses, thereby contributing to the integrated management of the River. The first edition of the Forum took place in March 2012 with the aim of fostering contact among stakeholders by examining the theme of integrated management of the St. Lawrence.
The second edition of the Forum was held in Québec on November 6 and 7, 2012, with the theme of areas of ecological interest. Its objective was to encourage cooperation among stakeholders to promote better conservation of these areas of the St. Lawrence. Some 100 people participated in the event, including six representatives from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Participants focused on four sub-themes: identifying priority habitats to protect, wetlands, protecting the landscape and environmental heritage, and creating protected areas. A concrete case study requiring a coordinated approach was presented for each sub-theme. Participants were asked to define the challenges of and conditions conducive to creating partnerships in each area. They then identified possible solutions aimed at establishing a collaboration framework for the conservation of areas of ecological interest.
Anthropologist Serge Bouchard was invited to share his vision of the St. Lawrence. He spoke passionately about the people who live on its shores, their use of this majestic river and the inevitable conflicts they face. His speech clearly reflected the St. Lawrence Action Plan’s spirit and objectives. In addition to highlighting our successes in protecting and rehabilitating the St. Lawrence and its species, Mr. Bouchard emphasized the time and patience required to resolve conflicts between this major resource’s users.
The Forum Saint-Laurent is part of the intergovernmental Canada-Quebec Agreement on the St. Lawrence (2011–2026), which provides the framework for the St. Lawrence Action Plan. The next edition of the Forum will take place in the fall of 2013.
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