The Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l'environnement is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help Québec communities develop a sense of ownership of their environment, enjoy it responsibly and pass on their natural heritage to future generations.
The Foundation funds tangible initiatives that have positive environmental and social impacts and that serve the interests of local communities throughout Québec. It partners with local organizations on projects designed to:
These two objectives go hand in hand: a protection or rehabilitation project will have no future if the people likely to have impacts on the site do not feel involved in the project's environmental issues. On the other hand, the message of an awareness-raising or educational activity will go unheeded if it does not give people ways to make a difference in their environment.
Educating the public about general environmental issues is not part of the Foundation's mission; rather, we support projects that are likely to have positive impacts on specific natural areas. Educational projects satisfy this criterion if they focus on changing the way specific target groups behave with respect to the natural environment around them.
The projects that are given priority will involve concrete action and clearly defined locations, serve the interests of local communities and have measurable environmental and social impacts.
The Foundation funds a wide range of initiatives but looks for sound projects, regardless of their type. Key factors include:
A necessary condition of consensus is to avoid conflicts with other existing or planned programs and activities.