‘Strictly UN Optics’: Quebec’s Magpie River Granted Personhood Status


"The Magpie River represented a perfect test case, thanks to the consensus for its protection from the actors involved and its international reputation." The goal is to protect the nearly 300-kilometre river-home to the Magpie Generating Station, a 40.6 MW hydroelectric power generating station inaugurated in 2008- from further development. "The river's protection has received regional consensus, but the plan to declare the river a protected area has been thwarted for years by state-owned Hydro-Québec, due to the waterway's hydroelectric potential," the statement says.

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