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
As part of the ecological landscaping program, the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (PCSDG) helps to implement community nursery, gardening, composting and water recovery projects with students of École Blanche-Bourgeois.

CinéRelève is a new initiative of the GDDPC and has been since 2015.

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.

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 gathered resources identifying hundreds of species of fauna and flora living in the Cocagne watershed, including birds, crustaceans, fish, insects, and plants. With the help of several key participants in the community, nature lovers and enthusiasts, we now understand the rich biodiversity the Cocagne watershed houses. We also have a picture of the habitats dependent on this rich resource. As part of the CORRIDORS project, we’ll collaborate with citizens of the watershed to establish corridors that will make it possible to create links between different wildlife habitats.

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.

By developing an ecological landscaping project of the schoolyard at the Grande-Digue school, we have shown landscaping methods which are suitable for the conversion of grass into a nature area.

The subject of green cemeteries and ecological funerals is being discussed more and more in our communities, but the available information is not complete. The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (PCSDG) has been avant-garde in beginning the conversation with people in the area on a subject that is sometimes considered taboo. The project’s theme, “Green cemeteries, a possibility here?” is new to the region. However, discussions lead us to believe that there is much interest and people want to know more about ecological funerals and cemeteries.

With the help of the PCSGD, Notre-Dame school is undertaking the ecological landscaping of their schoolyard. Plans and specific approaches are based on the tools elaborated by the PCSDG ecological landscaping program.

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.

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.

Transition Cocagne is a PCSDG initiative since 2009. Transition Cocagne is 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 is the first in the province of New Brunswick to become a member of the international Transition Towns Network. Visit our website at www.transitioncocagne.org

Upcoming activities

November 9th: Commemoration of war veterans’ native of Cocagne

Thursday, November 9th – 7:00 pm

The Historical Committee will be presenting a commemoration in honor of Cocagne citizens who served in World War I of 1914-1918 and in World War II of 1939-1945. List of War Veterans, recruitment of soldiers in Cocagne, and more.

Free admission – Donations are welcome.
Info: 506 576-2202, www.cocagne.ca

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The Pays de Cocagne in pictures

The Pays de Cocagne in pictures