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US News In Quebec, the great walk for forest protection is fighting against deforestation

16:25  28 october  2021
16:25  28 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Forest protection in Canada is an important issue. In British Columbia, in the west of the country, activists block the access of the territory to the forest industry to avoid cutting centenary trees. In Quebec, several associations and local authorities claim the government to ensure that certain portions of the territory can not be defeated. That's why hundreds of walkers, including several First Nations people, traveled more than 500 km for several weeks from September to October. Meeting upon arrival in the city of Quebec, on October 16, in a swing rain.

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of our correspondent in Quebec City,

with about twenty other walkers, Esther Laurent-Girard has traveled the forest roads from southern Quebec by stopping in localities on the way to discuss the importance of nature.

"It's funny, because we went to schools and we asked for children what makes you go to the forest," she says. The answer was often: "I feel free, I feel good, I feel great". I feel empathy, it catches me to learn all these deforestations. We are not in a decrease, but in a growth of cuts.

started while the forest in Quebec took its autumn shades, the march has filled with joy one of the organizers, Shandra: "The more we have a diversity of trees, the more we have a diversity of colors, the reds , Mauves, Yellow ... Color mats.

By following a watercourse in the Quebec City area, the trading group found that biodiversity varied a lot depending on the rural layout. "We saw the difference on the banks; What is the effect on the water, pursues Shandra. When we put a forest next to the water, we have plenty of plants for medicine, but also to make baskets, we have room for other animals. But we had agricultural fields, and the purin that went into the water ... There is a clear reason for which there are no more trout and salmon in these rivers.

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"It is important to protect the North, to honor the commitments with the writing, but one must also protect the entire territory, from the south to the north. The Organizer of The Great Walk of Forests , the botanist Patrick Gravel, recalls the facts: So far, protected areas that limit the exploitation of certain portions of the territory are concentrated in the north, so far from the cities. and the needs of the forest industry. The environmental advocates demand increased protection where urban and economic development hurts forests while they purify the air.

A particularly important role in the city, finding Denise linked that defends the forest cover in the city. "The tree is often considered an obstacle, then we cut the trees easily, just for the tram project," she regrets. It should not be done in 2021. We do not realize how much we still have a wealth in Quebec City, which is the amount of trees, the canopy we have. We are doing dilapider and it does not make sense.

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very close to the forests, the indigenous communities particularly feel the pressure of the forest industry, as explained by the Grand Chef Attikamekh, Constant Awashish: "We feel everywhere, families complain, have difficulty being heard. The pressure is so strong that we end up abandoning, let them do.

The common action of the great forest of forest could make things happen. Already, the Ministers of the Environment and the Forest have promised to collaborate to better protect this natural resource.

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