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  • March 12, 2024

A step in the right direction for wetland restoration!

  • Jardin botanique
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A step in the right direction for wetland restoration!

A multidisciplinary project aimed at more effectively coordinating efforts to introduce concerted wetland restoration actions has just received a $3.8 million grant from the Alliance program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Society component.

Jardin botanique botanist researchers Marie-Hélène Brice and Stéphanie Pellerin, affiliated with the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale and associate professors at Université de Montréal, are two of the seven co-researchers involved in the project.

Eventually this initiative will help develop effective revegetation approaches for restoring marshes and swamps, in addition to identifying the social factors essential to restoration project success. In so doing it will make a significant contribution to wetland restoration right across Canada.

The project “Zéro perte nette de milieux humides: en route vers des approches de restauration éclairées (RARE)” (Zero net wetland loss: towards informed approaches to restoration), headed by Monique Poulin, professor on the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at Université Laval, is based on experiments in greenhouses and in the field as well as social-science approaches. This multidisciplinarity is key to meeting the complex challenges raised by wetland restoration.

Nine partners are also involved in the project, and are offering contributions in kind worth $6 million: Ville de Québec, Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs, Hydro-Québec, RCM of Coaticook, RCM of Haute-Yamaska, RCM of Pierre-de-Saurel, Fluvio, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Gloco.

To follow the RARE project (on Linkedin)

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