The Partenariat pour les milieux naturels project
Île aux Cerfeuils, Hochelaga Archipelago (Photo by Martin Beaulieu)
A major conservation investment by the Government of Quebec
The Partenariat pour les milieux naturels project (PPMN) is a co-funding agreement established between the Ministere de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Quebec Region from 2020 to 2023. The PPMN aims to develop the network of protected areas located on private land through protection and knowledge acquisition activities, the establishment of nature reserves and the enhancement of natural environments.
The $53-million contribution from the MELCC is available to all conservation organizations in Quebec. The PPMN will support initiatives to ensure the protection of natural environments of interest and the stewardship of protected areas in the south of the province.
NCC and the organizations benefiting from this financial assistance will implement projects that fulfill the four components of the PPMN:
- A protection component, which aims to provide financial support for projects to secure and protect natural environments. The majority of the government grant will be used to fund this component;
- A knowledge component, focused on developing conservation knowledge and raising awareness of the importance of conserving natural environments of interest;
- A nature reserve component, which provides financial support to landowners wishing to have a nature reserve recognized under the Natural Heritage Conservation Act;
- A stewardship component, contributing in particular to activities that enhance or restore natural environments protected by conservation organizations.
The Partenariat pour les milieux naturels project celebrates its first year!
Thanks to our partners, affiliated members and the generosity of individuals, landowners and businesses, the first year of the Project de partenariat pour les milieux naturels has already resulted in major advances in conservation.
At a glance:
- 21 acquisition projects completed by six partner organizations;
- habitat protected for 31 species at risk;
- and 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) protected in southern Quebec.
A funds-matching challenge that everyone can join
The PPMN is a an equal-share (1:1) co-investment agreement. The Quebec government's contribution must be matched by at least an equivalent amount from other sources. In total, between 2020 and 2023 the PPMN will support funding for over $100 million dollars’ worth of natural environment conservation activities.
The PPMN creates a significant leverage effect that will help secure other federal contributions in Quebec and stimulate the participation of private donors.
As a result, NCC is appealing to the generosity of philanthropists — individuals, foundations, corporations and others — to double the Government of Quebec's contribution. Private sector participation is essential to the protection of more extensive, ecologically rich spaces.
Learn more about the projects funded by the PPMN
- Nature Conservancy of Canada protects habitat for an endangered butterfly in the Gaspé Peninsula
- The Nature Conservancy of Canada improves the movement of species in the Forillon ecological corridor.
- Rescuing a fragile friend: NCC protects essential land for spiny softshell turtle
- Nature Conservancy of Canada wants motorists to help turtles cross the road and get to the other side
- An additional 196 hectares (484 acres) protected in the Outaouais for the benefit of wetlands and their standard-bearer: the frog
- New site to welcome public at the upper marshes of Île aux Grues
- My best-behaved neighbour lives in my backyard... and it's a turtle!
- Pristine island added to protected lands in the Eastern Townships
- Thor Vikström donates Laval island to conservation group