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The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
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.

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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.

Located on the north shore of the Cocagne River and the Cocagne harbour, the Community Centre is of capital importance for the residents of Cocagne. It consists of several recreation buildings that make it a meeting place for the residents of Cocagne. As part of a survey conducted by the PCSDG among the local population, the Cocagne Community Centre was in fact designated by respondents as being an important meeting place for the residents.

Being a place where the community gathers, the health of the ecosystems found at the Community Centre and the surrounding areas greatly contributes to the wellbeing of the residents of Cocagne. The area is the ideal place for an ecological landscaping project that would demonstrate to a great number of citizens the importance of ecological landscaping and the natural restoring of waterfront zones. The “Ecological Landscaping at the Cocagne Community Centre” project, therefore, demonstrates and informs on the importance of ecological landscaping for natural habitats. It deals mainly with the health of fauna and flora on the site of the community centre while focusing on the restoration of shoreline areas by reintroducing indigenous plants ideal for humid areas.

Waterfront landscaping helps improve habitats for aquatic fauna by reducing the levels of nutrients and sedimentation leading into the water, and by diminishing eutrophication.

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The Importance of Wetlands and their Conservation

Wetlands are among the richest and most productive ecosystems in the world. Natural systems such as wetlands provide a range of ecological services. Historically neglected by the human colonizers, wetlands have undergone strong anthropogenic pressures. It is only recently that humans have realised the importance of preserving these natural systems.

What is a Wetland?

Wetlands are natural areas flooded permanently or temporarily. There are several types of wetlands: marshes, swamps, bogs and shallow waters. According to Environment Canada, wetlands cover 14% of Canada’s territory. The Cocagne marina is set, in part, on the marsh that was filled to host it. This resulted in the loss of the marsh between 1974 and 2012 (see figure below).

Marais Marina de Cocagne


Why conserve wetlands?

Numerous are the services offered by wetlands:
1. They are important habitats for an important number of species of plants, birds, fish, reptiles, invertebrates and mammals. They provide food, shelter and areas for resting and breeding.
2. They improve water quality by filtering water runoff of sediments, nutrients and the chemicals it contains before it flows into water courses.
3. Wetlands reduce the impacts of flooding by acting as retention ponds and reducing the amount of water that reaches land.
4. Wetlands play a supervisory role on erosion. The vegetation of these natural environments sets soils and stabilises them. Also, by trapping sediments, wetlands reduce the thrust effect on erosion of materials.
5. They act as recharger and discharger of groundwater and thus are an essential component of the water cycle.

Upcoming activities

August 28, 2020 - Living shorelines workshop with Rosemarie Lohnes

A theoretical and practical workshop on a natural approach to dealing with coastal erosion will be presented in Shediac by Rosmarie Lohnes of Helping Nature Heal inc.

This approach, called "Living Shorelines", is done manually with minimal mechanical intervention. It improves the health of the coastal ecosystem while protecting your property.

Come and learn more about the theory and practice of this proven ecological method, which represents an environmentally friendly alternative to fixed structures or rip rap.

Friday, August 28th
Theoretical session: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Shediac Multipurpose Centre, 58 Festival Street.
Lunch break: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Please bring your lunch.
Hands-on session: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm - The location will be announced in the morning at the workshop.

The workshop will be organized in accordance with Covid-19 prevention measures. Please bring your mask. Facebook event here.

For more information :

Rémi Donelle, Shediac Bay Watershed Association
Tel: (506) 506-533-8880 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or

Julie Cormier, Director, Vision H2O
Tel:  (506) 577-2071    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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