“We must encourage the installation of rain recycling systems and watering points for livestock so that people do not fear for the future.”
A scientific study published on September 26, 2011 analyzes the situation of ten of the world’s largest river basins and finds there is enough water for all the world’s inhabitants so long as this resource is used more efficiently and is more evenly distributed. With climate change, it is necessary to protect against the erratic nature of rainfall (for example in South Africa). Think of changes to the types of crops used; work towards greater cooperation among ministries within the same country; and consider a reallocation of activities among the various countries in the valleys in order to make the most of this resource based on soil type and... Lire la suite
The Great Friends of the St Lawrence River Prize rewards the work of men and women involved in signifiant actions in favour of the St Lawrence River. To this day, 7 Great Friends have been awarded over the 3 editions of the Prize :
André Beauchamp, one of the great environment experts in Quebec (2008 Prize)
Paulyne Gauvin, founding member of the Friends of the St Lawrence Valley in 1986 (2008 Prize)
Jacques Baril, former Minister of Quebec’s government, promoter of – and responsible for – Quebec’s first maritime policy (2008 Prize)
André Stainier, President of the Friends of the St Lawrence Valley (2010 Prize)
Captain Yvan Desgagnés, promoter of navigation on the St Lawrence River and co-founder of the Groupe Desgagnés (2011 Prize)
Pierre Camu, Geographer,... Lire la suite
How to reconcile the city and the port, economic development and the protection of natural environments, urban renewal and harbour expansion, corporate interests and city aspirations ?
How can a port city, frequently marooned in spatial confines inherited from past centuries as it is, face new needs connected to matters like tonnage growth, the proliferation of super containers or super oil tankers and technological changes in dock work or in infrastructures for intermodal transport? In most cases, the extension and relocation of harbour installations clash with municipal zoning restrictions or with reluctancies, even the opposition of citizen, whether these are environmental activists or not.
The Friends of the St Lawrence Valley and Quebec’s Chamber of Commerce, with the support... Lire la suite
The conference on River Heritage and River areas was held in Saint Louis, Senegal, from 3. March 2012 to 5. March 2012. The meeting was organised by the Senegal River Centre and the Gaston Berger University, with the support of the France – UNESCO Convention. It gathered approximately 50 participants from Senegal, Mauritania, Mali and France – namely, researchers, Cultural Heritage directors, experts, representatives from local authorities or training institutions.
In line with the Rivers and Heritage workshop, held at the French Senate (Paris, 2. November 2009), this meeting allowed to release various research works concerning river cultures, fluvial landscapes and water management local know-how. It also laid stress on the importance of the « reappropriation of the... Lire la suite