The Government of Canada takes concrete steps to reduce the environmental footprint of the G7 Summit

La Malbaie, Quebec—In an effort to limit the environmental impact of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, in June, the Government of Canada has entered into an agreement with the Corporation de la Réserve de la biosphère de Charlevoix to make this summit an environmentally responsible event.

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, together with Jean Fortin, administrator of the Corporation de la Réserve de la biosphere de Charlevoix, today announced that the Government of Canada will invest $325,000 in various activities to reduce the G7 Summit’s environmental footprint and to draw from the Corporation de la Réserve de la biosphère’s expertise in terms of environmental responsibility and sustainable development.

One of the highlights of this agreement will be the planting of 100,000 trees on the Réserve de la biosphere de Charlevoix and on 13 additionnal Canadian biosphere reserves, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia to take place in May. This initiative will help replenish, restore or reforest sites chosen by the participating local communities, and to offset some of the greenhouse gases from the G7 Summit.

The Corporation de la Réserve de la biosphère de Charlevoix will also support Canada’s efforts to integrate good environmental practices into the Summit’s overall organization, supported by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec’s “sustainable event management” 9700 253 certification. Special attention will be paid to reducing waste, especially plastic.

Canada has made climate change, oceans and clean energy one of the central themes of its 2018 G7 Presidency. This collaboration is a concrete way of putting words into action.

Quotes

“The beauty of Charlevoix’s landscapes made it a natural choice for hosting the 2018 G7 Summit. It is therefore important that we limit our impact on the local environment. This is why we are working with the Corporation de la Réserve de la biosphère de Charlevoix, which will provide us with support and advice to ensure that the Summit is held in an environmentally responsible manner.

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“Through its environmental recognition program and its eco-consulting services, the Corporation de la Réserve de la biosphère de Charlevoix supports all organizations that want to improve their activities or practices that affect Charlevoix’s environment. This collaboration with the Government of Canada is an opportunity for our organization to provide its eco-consulting services in the context of a major event and to acquire new experience and know-how. It also raises awareness about the Canadian network of biosphere reserves and the UNESCO designation.

Jean Fortin, administrator of the Corporation de la Réserve de la biosphère de Charlevoix and Mayor of Baie-Saint-Paul

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