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On December 5, 2011, the governments of Canada and Quebec announced an agreement to conduct a study on the creation of a marine protected area around the Îles de la Madeleine.

On this occasion, the parties clearly expressed their desire to include community interests throughout the study by creating a consultative committee that is representative of the area.

Role and mandate of the consultative committee

The consultative committee will provide advice to the steering committee, and is mandated to:

  • encourage ongoing discussion with local and regional stakeholders;
  • establish constructive collaboration regarding all information pertinent to the study on the creation of a marine protected area;
  • ensure that the concerns and interests of the Îles de la Madeleine community are addressed.

Objectives

  • Regularly inform the community throughout the different steps in the study;
  • Gather comments from the various stakeholders;
  • Encourage an exchange of information and data relevant to the study;
  • Work as a team to identify possibilities and limitations pertaining to the creation of a marine protected area around the Îles de la Madeleine.

Membership and representativeness

The consultative committee is composed of 11 members representing the different sectors in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Their participation is voluntary. They relay information to their own organization and, if possible, other agencies from the same sector.

Municipal
  • Municipality of Les Îles de la Madeleine
  • Municipality of Grosse-Ile
Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Association des pêcheurs propriétaires des Îles de la Madeleine
  • Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels des Îles de la Madeleine
  • Regroupement des pétoncliers et palangriers uniques madelinots
  • Regroupement des mariculteurs du Québec
Natural Heritage and Environment
  • Îles de la Madeleine ZIP Committee
Cultural Heritage
  • Réseau muséal des Îles de la Madeleine
Education and Awareness
  • Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles
Economic Environment
  • Chambre de commerce des Îles de la Madeleine
Promotion of Tourism and Recreational Tourism
  • Tourisme Îles de la Madeleine

Co-chairmanship

Committee co-chairs are the Assistant Deputy Minister of sustainable development for Quebec’s Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP), the Executive Director of Parks Canada in Quebec, and the President of the Îles de la Madeleine Agglomeration Council.

Themes

Members of the consultative committee will be regularly informed of the study’s progress. They will provide advice on study content to the steering committee, especially on the following themes:

  • Ecological, economic, social and cultural characterization of the study Area;
  • Overview of natural resources and their potential for development;
  • The prioritization of conservation objectives to be implemented in a marine protected area;
  • Identifying and describing areas of interest for the conservation of marine biodiversity and cultural resources;
  • Assessing opportunities for development, education and the enjoyment of the marine environment as well as challenges to the establishment of a marine protected area;
  • Economic analysis of territorial conservation issues.
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