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Wetlands are essential

In Quebec, wetlands are essential for maintaining biodiversity and water quality.

They also help with the fight against climate change. To safeguard these benefits, areas like the St. Lawrence Valley, the Ottawa River, the Abitibi and the Lac Saint-Jean Plain are top priority for conservation.

There is constant pressure on these fragile habitats. Over time, urbanization and industrialization have had devastating effects on wetlands, jeopardizing Québec’s great natural resources.

See how our wetland conservation work supports Québec’s rich biodiversity. 


Our conservation success

DUC is making significant progress to conserve and restore some of the most important wetland areas in Quebec.

298 Habitat projects under our care

34, 948 Conserved hectares

(including the restoration of 14,850 hectares)

17,750,788 Influenced hectares

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Create a healthier Quebec

Are wetlands important to you? Help safeguard these essential areas with a donation to DUC.

A recent study shows that 83 per cent of  Quebecers are concerned about the loss of wetlands. It also said Quebecers are willing to make an average annual donation of $42.55 to fund wetland conservation and restoration initiatives.

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Biodiversity in Quebec

In Quebec, wetlands are essential for maintaining biodiversity and water quality.

Mapping Quebec's wetlands

Examples of our conservation priorities in Quebec

Île-du-Grand-Calumet Project

Île-du-Grand-Calumet Project

The area targeted for protection is of extremely high ecological value, located in an area of the Ottawa River that is home to at least 15 flora and fauna species of regional, provincial and federal interest. The project will protect more than 50 hectares of critical natural habitats.

Bas-Saint-Laurent Project

Bas-Saint-Laurent Project

Located north of Lake Pohénégamook, this project aims to protect a mosaic of swamps and wooded peatlands that span 30 hectares. The Saint-François River crosses the property and is an area inhabited by the wood turtle, a vulnerable species in Quebec.

Stewardship of Rivière-du-Sud projects

Stewardship of Rivière-du-Sud projects

This incredible wetland complex covers 1,160 hectares. Here, you’ll find populations of least bittern, a bird of the heron family, and the map turtle. Both of are considered vulnerable species. The project aims to curb pressures related to human activity and increase the potential of these natural habitats for waterfowl.

Stewardship of Lac Saint-Pierre

Stewardship of Lac Saint-Pierre

Lac Saint-Pierre, recognized as a significant region for biodiversity, is home to 288 species of wildlife including 168 species that rely on the area for nesting. It is also the most important migratory stopover for waterfowl in the St. Lawrence. The coastal area of Lac Saint-Pierre is home to at least 67 threatened, vulnerable or potentially at-risk species, including the sand darter and the copper redhorse.