Quebec to Fight Climate Change with Tree Planting

Natural Resources Canada

Our forests play a critical role in our environment and our economy. That’s why Canada is working with our partners to plant two billion trees by 2031 – to fight climate change, ensure cleaner air, create good, sustainable jobs and protect valuable biodiversity.

Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, is pleased to announce $300,000 for the Association Forestière des Deux Rives for its regional capacity-building project. The contribution comes from the 2 Billion Trees (2BT) program.

In collaboration with the Conseil régional de l’environnement région de la Capitale-Nationale, Agiro and 30 organizations in the National Capital and Chaudière-Appalaches regions, the project will prepare for an increase in tree-planting efforts in urban and suburban areas through training, pooling of resources and collaboration between organizations. Different solutions will be explored to supply seedlings to all organizations, including the creation of a local community nursery.

The Association Forestière des Deux Rives, Agiro and the Conseil régional de l’environnement – région de la Capitale-Nationale shared their experiences and resources to create the Collectif Canopée in order to promote and coordinate future tree-planting activities among local community organizations, notably through the development of a foundational mapping project. Future spatial analysis will make it possible to identify potential planting sites and efficiently prioritize tree-planting efforts. This will ensure that the right tree is planted at the right place at the right time.

The Collectif Canopée will also develop large-scale greening projects to help create long-term job opportunities as well as maintain a high level of expertise among community organizations.

Tree-planting efforts across Canada have played a large part in tackling the dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. As part of the Government of Canada’s broader approach to nature-based climate solutions, the trees planted as part of the 2 Billion Trees program will help restore nature, create healthy forest ecosystems and increase carbon capture.

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