RESULTS AND MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS:
As far as the SPSD is concerned, besides the mobilization of Montréal community stakeholders, the main impacts of the SSDP with respect to biodiversity are:
- 15 new water contact projects have been set up through new waterfront land acquisitions, agreements or park improvements
- Development of a program to eliminate crossed connections in order to improve riverbank water quality
- Ecological management of Mount Royal Park’s natural environment
The transformation of a garbage dump into a major park, the Saint-Michel environmental park, is a remarkable achievement for the city. A former quarry around 100 hectares in size, filled with 35 million tonnes of waste, was transformed into a 21st-century park, which integrates environmental, social and economic concerns.
The surrounding neighborhood is getting a new lease on life. The Cirque du Soleil has its head office there. The site earned the Gold Award of the International Awards for Liveable Communities 2004 in the sustainable development category, and a Special Award as a model for the world. The revegetation of a site this size, in the middle of an urban environment, constitutes a major environmental undertaking.
Montréal’s nature museums contribute significantly to raising public awareness of biodiversity issues. The Insectarium attracts 240,000 visitors each year, the Biodôme 800,000 visitors and the Botanical Garden 1 million visitors per year. In addition, some endangered species have been successfully preserved thanks to the Botanical Garden, including the Justicia Americana, and the Asplenium rhizophyllum.