42. The Government may, if the public interest justifies it, assign any other protection status to a protected area, apply any other conservation measure to it, amend its boundaries or terminate its designation. In all cases, the Government shall take into account the interests of the local and Aboriginal communities concerned in order to foster their support.
If the effect of the decision is to decrease the total surface area of protected areas in Québec, the Government must take any appropriate conservation measure to compensate for that decrease, in particular by designating as a protected area, under this Act or another Act, another area having biophysical characteristics that are at least equivalent to those of the area concerned.
The Government must, in its decision, set out the reasons justifying it.
2002, c. 74, s. 42; 2021, c. 12021, c. 1, s. 351.