Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
2015 - 2017
The francophone student film festival’s mission is to motivate young minds to discover the magic of cinema, and give them the opportunity to express and exchange their ideas, highlight their skills, and become passionate about art and creativity.

The PCSDG has collaborated for several years with Université de Moncton researchers on climate change adaptation in the Cocagne Watershed. Studies show that citizens recognize that providing concrete solutions to climate change requires adaptation measures as well as mitigation measures. The PCSDG is undertaking a 2-year project in collaboration with the Université de Moncton, the Kent Regional Service Commission, the NB Climate Change Secretariat and the NB Environmental Network's Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative. Our goal is to support communities in the Cocagne watershed in developing a Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

During the public consultations held prior to the incorporation of Cocagne, residents indicated that protecting the environment is a major priority for the rural community. As part of the From Land to Sea project, PCSDG developed a spatially referenced representation of the Cocagne watershed. Project partners clearly identified the importance of having information accessible by making it available in a format that is relevant to and can easily be used by the general population.

The goal of the Cocagne Watershed Natural Heritage Conservation Project is to ensure the protection and restoration of natural habitats in the Cocagne watershed. The Pays de Cocagne Sustatinable Development Group (PCSDG) accompanies citizens through their efforts to protect natural features of their properties, with a focus on shoreline and riparian areas.

Through the PCSDG’s previous projects, we have gathered resources identifying hundreds of species of fauna and flora living in the Cocagne watershed, including birds, insects, and plants. With the help of several key participants in the community, we have a better picture of the rich diversity of species and their habitats, that exist in the Cocagne watershed. 

The project aims to increase capacity among South-eastern NB watershed groups and forest technicians to identify woodland birds. In the spring of 2018, Roland Chiasson of Aster Group provided training sessions on identifying woodland bird habitats and behaviors. He developed a woodland bird species identification guide, using bird calls, videos and images to teach woodland bird identification during the sessions.

Initiated by the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group, the “Ecological Landscaping at the Cocagne Community Centre” aims at restoring the natural environment at the Cocagne community centre, and raising awareness in the community of Cocagne with regards to ecological landscaping and rehabilitation, in order to ensure the health of the wetlands and aquatic ecosystems.

The Cocagne Community Centre is an important meeting place for the residents of Cocagne. The health of natural areas contributes to the wellbeing of the residents and the fauna who frequent the site. It is an ideal place for a sustainable development project that demonstrates the importance of finding a balance between recreational use and ecosystem health. The “Ecological Landscaping at the Cocagne Community Centre” project demonstrates restoration techniques to bring back natural habitats in 3 distinct areas.

For over 16 years the PCSDG has been involved in many projects within its community, including food security. Today, in 2016, the mission of PCSDG to catalyze citizen engagement for the viability of communities has become more and more necessary in the food sector.

The Heritage Gardens project’s purpose is to plant and maintain heritage gardens with the elderly and youth of the Cocagne river watershed. By stimulating the elderly’s involvement, we wish to allow an intergenerational exchange of knowledge on food security.

2017
The Mi’kmaw-Acadian Friendship Pow Wow is a festive gathering that aims to build new sustainable cultural bridges between Acadian and Mi’kmaw communities in order to recognize and celebrate intercultural heritage and create a space for inclusive exchange while valuing the importance of a healthy environment for the coming generations.

The purpose of this project is to develop the capacity of watershed groups to conserve bird species at risk.

In our communities, there is more and more discussion about the issue of natural cemeteries and ecological funerals, but the information available is not very exhaustive. The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (GDDPC) has been at the forefront of starting this conversation with people in the region on a topic that is sometimes considered taboo. We invite you to browse our resources below, including our (new!) Frequently Asked Questions Guide!

Establishing a tree nursery with the students of the schools in and around the Cocagne watershed is at the heart of the School Tree Nursery project. With the schools in Cocagne, Notre-Dame, Saint-Anne and Grande-Digue, we support a biodiversity conservation project by planting indigenous trees of the Acadian forest.

The "Seeds for Life" project was launched in 2015 through a New Horizons for Seniors NB program grant from Service Canada. In order to find interested people in the region who save seeds or want to learn more on this subject, a newsletter including a survey was sent to +4,500 people.

Since 1998
For many years, the Atlantic Canada Shorebird Survey (ACSS) began monitoring several sites where birds stop. The members of ACSS monitor migratory bird populations and ensure they continue to be able to rely on these major areas during migration. There are about 83 official sites in the Atlantic Provinces. The Bouctouche Dune and Cormierville Marsh are part of these sites.

2009 - 2015
Transition Cocagne was a group of citizens that organising activities to increase local resilience to peak oil and climate change. Transition Cocagne is a member of the international Transition Towns Network [transitionnetwork.org] . The Cocagne community was the first in the province of New Brunswick to become a member of the international Transition Towns Network. Our website at www.transitioncocagne.org

The Wild Pollinators & Their Natural Habitats project’s purpose is to protect wild pollinators by adopting respectful practices towards their natural habitats. With the help of a series of consultations, workshops and a pilot project with landowners of the Cocagne watershed region, the PCSDG desires to increase wild pollinator populations, as well as biodiversity within southeastern New Brunswick.

The province of New Brunswick is already seeing several effects of climate change: an increase in temperatures leading to an increased risk of new pests and invasive species, increased precipitation leading to more damage from flooding, extreme wind effects, and tree and power line icing. The PCSDG will oversee the formation of teams of students, teachers, staff and parents from schools in the Cocagne watershed who will take action to mitigate climate change.

Upcoming activities

August 22, Wednesday – Public meeting « senior services in Cocagne » - committee MADA

Info : Majella President of committee MADA (506) 227-3769
7:30pm
Centre 50 in Cocagne (10 Villa St), in FRENCH

August 29, Wednesday - 198th board meeting of the PCSDG

6:30 pm
at the PCSDG office, 4585 route 134 in Cocagne

September 13, Thursday – Launch of RAVEN - Rural Action and Voices for the Environment

info : Tracy Glynn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3:30pm
Forestry & Geology Building, Room 202, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.

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The Pays de Cocagne in pictures

The Pays de Cocagne in pictures