About the St. Lawrence Action Plan
In Quebec, more than 80% of the population lives along the St. Lawrence River and its tributaries. This river linking the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean is more than 1,000 kilometers long. The St. Lawrence’s rich diversity of natural habitats makes it one of the most important elements of North America’s natural heritage.
A Multi-Level Approach
St. Lawrence Action Plan
In 1988, the governments of Quebec and Canada along with different stakeholders signed the St. Lawrence Action Plan (SLAP) and joined forces in this initiative to protect and enhance the St. Lawrence and its riches.
Through its different programs, the St. Lawrence Action Plan supports the implementation of community-led projects aimed at conserving biodiversity, ensuring sustainable use, and improving water quality. It also provides financial support to encourage the concerted action of stakeholders working along the St. Lawrence River in order to further their commitment to improving the quality of their environment.
The St. Lawrence River is currently plagued by a number of issues related to sustainable use, biodiversity, and water quality. The resulting damage typically comes in the form of habitat loss, degradation of ecosystem services, reduced species abundance, and changes in species distribution. In light of this, the governments of Canada and Quebec have agreed on the necessity of continuing their efforts to develop integrative tools in order to assist in responding in a coordinated manner to existing and emerging problems.