With its vast territory spanning approximately 1.7 million square kilometres, Québec is home to a wide range of ecosystems and a relatively large number of species. Optimizing the conservation efforts designed to preserve this biodiversity requires defining goals and priorities based on objective considerations.
Through its work, Centre de données sur le patrimoine naturel du Québec (CDPNQ) is instrumental in addressing this concern. The CDPNQ is not an independent entity but is integrated into the administrative structures of the Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) and the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP). The Direction de l'écologie et de la conservation is responsible for the management of plant species and natural communities, and the Direction de la biodiversité et des maladies de la faune is responsible for the management of animal species.