ProjectFacilitating Mechanisms in Support of Emerging Collaborative Governance of MPAs in Québec
The purpose of this study is to conduct a comparative analysis of four marine protected area (MPA) initiatives in Québec (Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Manicouagan Peninsula, Magdalen Islands and Tawich) in terms of their governance structure, the web of relations among different stakeholders involved and the challenges and successes encountered during their planning. Interviews were conducted with numerous categories of participants involved with the planning of MPAs in Quebec in order to bring out the experiences of different groups. The goal is to provide insights and guidance for current MPA projects, some which have been stalled for numerous years, and future MPA projects in Québec and Canada. The focus of this research project is timely given the limited progress Canada has made on the establishment of a network of MPAs despite its commitment to do so under the Convention Biological Diversity, the lack of progress of Quebec MPA projects over the last 15 years, and international acknowledgement of the crucial role of local/indigenous communities in PA panning and management.