6. Summary of the Strategic Environmental Assessment
6.3 Scope of the Environmental Assessment
This environmental assessment is based on existing documentation as well as on the opinions of various specialists in the management of cultural and natural resources. The assessment takes into consideration both biophysical resources (soil, air, water, vegetation and wildlife) and cultural resources (cultural landscapes, built heritage and archaeological resources). However, the study of cumulative impacts deals only with the resources that are considered significant in the environment.
6.4 Compliance of the Management Plan’s Strategic Directions
The projects and activities proposed in the Management Plan for Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site of Canada in no way compromise the site’s commemorative integrity. Indeed, in many cases, they provide support for this basic component of Parks Canada’s mandate by contributing, to varying degrees, to knowledge and appreciation of the site. Heritage areas are designated and managed in accordance with their intrinsic and symbolic values and for the benefit of the general public. The protection and presentation of these resources should be adapted to their importance, fragility and interest. The strategic directions advocated in the Management Plan for Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site of Canada satisfy this imperative.