We’re protecting bogs, for peat’s sake!October 10, 2023
A bog or a peatland by any other name is just a wetland. To help build climate resilient communities, we’re helping protect one of Canada’s last great natural peatlands in the greater Quebec City area!
Thanks to a partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), we are helping to protect nearly 200 hectares within the Great Jacques-Cartier Bog.
Building resilient communities, one wetland at a time
Wetlands are found all over the world and they play a crucial role in combating and adapting to climate change. They not only store carbon and act as a cool island during heat waves, they also help mitigate flooding risks for neighboring communities by absorbing large quantities of rainfall. According to the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, preserving wetlands can reduce flood damage costs by almost 40 per cent.
Through a five-year partnership with NCC, we are helping to preserve and restore wetlands across Canada – one wetland at a time. In Canada, we have 25 per cent of the planet's wetlands, with 37 of them designated as Wetlands of International Importance. So, it’s critical that we protect wetlands – for the birds, turtles and frogs – and also to build climate resilient communities.
Why the Great Jacques-Cartier Bog?
In Canada, there are many types of wetlands, including: bogs, fens, peatlands, swamps and shallow waters. This bog, located in Canada, 40 kilometres northwest of Quebec City, is twice the size of the city’s immense public park (Plains of Abraham) and adds to over 100 hectares that NCC has already helped protect in this area. In total, nearly 60 per cent of the peatland is now safeguarded.
An announcement was made on October 5, 2023, at a press conference in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, along with funding partners from the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec.
Find out more about this critical wetland!
- Read the announcement news release.
- Find out more about the benefits of wetlands in building resilient communities.