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SLGO is the first integrated ocean observing system in Canada.
The studies selected had to meet the following selection criteria:
The work was produced in three phases. The first phase concentrated on projects developed, in whole or in part, in the Quebec portion of the St. Lawrence Lowlands ecoregion of the Ecological Framework of Canada (Lebel 2013 ) (figure 1). The second phase focussed on projects developed in the Appalachian ecoregion and on coastal and nearshore environment of the St. Lawrence estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, including islands and archipelagos such as île aux Grues, îles de l’estuaire, Anticosti Island, Mingan islands, and Magdalen islands (Lebel 2014 ). Overall, the study region covers all or part of 14 administrative regions (table 1) and 85 regional county municipalities (RCMs) or cities in southern Quebec. The recently completed third phase aimed to gather information on projects developed between 2014 and 2016 in southern Québec (Dupont-Hébert, 2017 ).
FIGURE 1. Extent of southern Quebec where projects designed to identify natural sites of interest for conservation were inventoried. The St. Lawrence Lowlands ecoregion (in orange) was the focus of Phase 1 of the project whereas Phase 2 covered part of the Appalachians ecoregion (in green), and coastal and nearshore environment of the St. Lawrence estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence. The red line outlines the St. Lawrence Action Plan study area.
|TABLE 1. Administrative regions for which projects designed to identify natural sites of interest for conservation were inventoried|
|Capitale-Nationale||Gaspésie - Îles-de-la-Madeleine||Montérégie|