10. The Minister is responsible for the protection of the environment and for seeing to natural heritage conservation, in particular to maintain the ecological functions of the ecosystems that constitute that heritage.
The Minister shall also ensure the protection, sustainable use and supervision of the protected areas under the Minister’s responsibility as well as of the other environments that benefit from special conservation measures, in particular wetlands and bodies of water.
The Minister may encourage measures to conserve wetlands and bodies of water, restore those that are degraded or create new ones.
The Minister is also responsible for coordinating government action in the area of sustainable development and for promoting compliance with the principles of sustainable development, especially in their environmental aspects, within the Administration and among the public.
1994, c. 17, s. 10; 1999, c. 36, s. 138; 2006, c. 3, s. 23; 2017, c. 14, s. 4711.