With its Community Interaction Program, the St. Lawrence Action Plan encourages and supports community involvement in projects focused on conserving biodiversity, ensuring sustainable use, and improving the water quality of the St. Lawrence. Through its Areas of Prime Concern program (Programme Zones d’intervention prioritaire—ZIP) and its program committees, 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.
Community Interaction Program (CIP)
Part of the St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011-2026, the Community Interaction Program (CIP) is implemented by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Quebec's Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC). The program supports the implementation of community-led projects aimed at conserving biodiversity, ensuring sustainable use, and improving the water quality of the St. Lawrence.
Examples of CIP-Funded Projects
The purpose of the Community Interaction Program (CIP) is to fund projects that help conserve and improve the St. Lawrence ecosystem in 4 categories: Awareness, Study, Study-Action and Biodiversity Restoration or Protection Projects. Here are a few examples:
Assessment of the tributary streams of Lake Saint-Pierre in order to improve water quality and wildlife habitats
ZIP committee of Lake Saint-Pierre
Intervention plan for the Réserve naturelle des Battures-de-Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures
Fondation québécoise pour la protection du patrimoine naturel (FQPPN)
Restoration and enhancement of the mouth of the Brochu River
Gulf North Shore ZIP Committee
Areas of Prime Concern (ZIP) Program
The ZIP concept was developed in 1988 by Environment Canada. Established exclusively to support the ZIP committees and Stratégies Saint-Laurent, the program provides financial support to stakeholders working along the St. Lawrence in order to further their commitment to improving the quality of their environment.