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
In 2017, the theme of the workshops was on endangered bird species, while in 2018 they were mature forest birds. In 2019, the theme chosen was the waterbirds of our rivers and our coastal areas, as well as the common birds. The original objectives of this project were:

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 collaborating 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 and implementing a Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

Cocagne Climate Action is a project created to continue the Transition
Cocagne movement and is part of Canada's movement to become carbon neutral by 2030 by
implementing the Paris Climate Agreement to stop global warming at 1.5 degrees
degrees (signed on Earth Day 2016).

The goal is to cultivate, responsibly harvest and transform natural dyes (for textile arts and cooking among other things) in the Cocagne watershed, in order to conserve age-old knowledge, transmit it to residents, and value knowledge bearers (elders and new generations). All the while, we aim to raise awareness as to the importance of local dye plants, their ongoing protection and their uses as alternatives to chemical dyes.

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. 

For 3 years, the technicians, the employees (close to 30 people on average) of the groups of the watersheds of south-eastern New Brunswick have received several trainings on birds. Last year the participants proposed the identification of nocturnal wildlife.

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.

For over 21 years the PCSDG has been involved in many projects within its community, including food security. Today, 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.

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.

The approach called "Living Shorelines" helps protect coastal and riparian lands against climate change. Most work is done manually with as little mechanical intervention as possible. The approach is used in lieu of, or in conjunction with, protective walls, rip rap, or other fixed structures to protect our riparian and coastal areas from erosion.

We have been conducting a mushroom inventory with photos and specimens to improve our knowledge of the mushroom community in our local watershed.

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!

Develop resilient communities by finding sustainable solutions to climate change in collaboration with the population of the Cocagne watershed.

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.

page titreFor many years (1998), 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

Through this project, we are monitoring the water quality in the Cocagne Bay estuary. We want to identify small streams that have problematic bacteria and nutrients levels in our watershed.

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.

With the Young students for sustainability project, the PCSDG is working with teams of students, teachers, and staff from schools in the Cocagne watershed who are taking action to mitigate climate change. The teams have chosen projects according to two themes: waste management and biodiversity conservation.

Upcoming activities

Nov 28, 2021, Sunday - Expo-info GDDPC

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Annual meeting and project presentations (Shorebirds, nocturnal wildlife, butterflies, climate change adaptations, country colors, food sovereignty, climate action and more). The metting will be in French.
Only members have voting rights, but everyone is welcome to participate.
We want to hear your suggestions, ideas and comments on how to improve the quality of life and water in our beautiful part of the country.
For now, we are planning a virtual meeting, but if the covid rules change, we will organize an afternoon trip to the oyster hatchery in Cocagne. Door prizes.
For more information, contact Wiebke Tinney at 576-8247 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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