Biodiversity Conservation Plan
In 2017, we launched our Biodiversity Conservation Plan following on the Biodiversity Conservation Management Plan in 2016. It is the result of a vast consultation of 15 communities of interest, including the Association forestière de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue (AFAT), the Abitibiwinni (Pikogan) First Nation Council, the Town of Malartic and ÉcoMalartic.
The Biodiversity Conservation Plan has numerous objectives. In addition to consolidating existing actions, we intend to structure our long-term approach by defining key directions and implementing new actions.
Key Directions of the Biodiversity Conservation Plan
Target 1 – Protect and restore ecosystems
- Direction 1: Take ecosystems into account during all phases of project planning.
- Direction 2: Minimize impacts on biodiversity.
- Direction 3: Help maintain or restore biodiversity.
Target 2 – Develop tools for maintaining biodiversity
- Direction 4: Develop coaching and training tools to inform, train and educate stakeholders.
- Direction 5: Collaborate and share knowledge with the community.
Target 3 – Acquire knowledge
- Direction 6: Implement tools to promote the acquisition of information on the sites.
- Direction 7: Take part in research projects.
Wetland and Fish Habitat Loss Compensation Plan
The decree issued in 2017 concerning the Malartic Extension Project includes the implementation of a wetland loss compensation plan.
With this in mind, implementation of several projects selected in consultation with the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change began in 2018:
- Southeast Basin: Restore wetlands once the mine is closed.
- Research Chair: Provide a grant to the UQAT Industrial Research Chair on northern biodiversity in a mining context from 2018 to 2021.
- Malartic River Linear Park: Start discussions on cleaning up the river and developing recreational parks in the Town of Malartic, in collaboration with municipal authorities.
- Lake Parguière Wildlife Management: Start discussions on preserving habitat for flora and fauna with Ducks Unlimited, a non-profit wetlands conservation organization.
- Halet Road Bridge: Clean up the river and dismantle the old bridge structure that collapsed into the river, in order to promote the upstream migration of fish during spawning.
- Financial Contribution for the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks for dismantling a bridge, whose eventual collapse threatens a sturgeon spawning ground.
- Fiske Marsh Wildlife Management: Start discussions on rehabilitating a dike in order to preserve waterfowl habitat with Ducks Unlimited.