C-61.01 - Natural Heritage Conservation Act

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48. The purpose of the “biodiversity reserve” status is to protect land and water settings, more specifically in order to preserve a natural monument or to ensure the representativeness of the biological diversity of Québec’s various natural regions.
2002, c. 74, s. 48; 2021, c. 1, s. 35.
48. In an ecological reserve, the activities described in subparagraphs a to f of paragraph 1 of section 46 are prohibited.
The following activities are also prohibited: hunting, trapping, fishing, earthwork and construction activities, agricultural, industrial or commercial activities and, generally, any activity likely to alter the state or nature of ecosystems.
No person may be in an ecological reserve, except for an inspection or for the carrying on of an activity authorized under law.
However, the Minister may authorize, in writing and on the conditions the Minister determines, any activity consistent with the purposes of an ecological reserve or with the management thereof.
The Minister shall, before issuing an authorization, take into account, in particular, the nature and objectives of the proposed activity, its impact on living organisms and ecosystems and, where applicable, any protection measures required. The holder of an application for authorization granted for the purposes of scientific research shall submit to the Minister a final activity report and, where the activities extend over a period of more than one year, an annual report.
2002, c. 74, s. 48.