Partners: Steve Plante, (PI), Université du Québec à Rimouski. Liette Vasseur, Brock, co-applicant.
The project works to both develop tools for communities and non-governmental organizations to enhance their resilience and adaptive capacities when facing climate and environmental changes, while also examining the implementation of adaptation plans by municipalities and the barriers for implementation. This study was a first analysis of the level of implementation in Quebec. It is now followed by case studies in Quebec and Ontario.
Partners: Creek Shore Farms and Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario.
Funding by: Seeding Food Innovation (SFI), grants of George Weston Limited; Liette Vasseur is a collaborator (2016 – 2018).
This project is related to the habitat management project already being experimented in China. It includes intercropping of cruciferous crops (e.g. Cabbage or broccoli) with onion (as a deterrent for pests such as the diamondback moth).
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The project is funded by the Green Funds of the Québec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change and managed by the Regroupement des organismes de bassins versants du Québec (ROBVQ, Coalition of Watershed Organizations of Québec).
Water is more than just a resource, it is essential for life. As underlined in Goal #6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 (a proposal containing 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues), access to clean water and protecting its related ecosystem are needed to achieve sustainable development.
Combined with Goal #13 (take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts), the objective of this project is to ensure knowledge transfer and experience sharing among different communities that must adapt to new climatic realities affecting water management. Over the next three years, the team will help eight “leader” communities assess vulnerabilities and develop adaptation plans to better adapt to changes and protect their water related-ecosystems.
Project lead: Catherine Potvin, UNESCO Chair for Dialogues on Sustainability, McGill University; December 2016—May 2017.
This is a project requested by Natural Resources Canada to examine the opportunities and challenges regarding the capacity of Canada to transition towards a low carbon energy economy. UNESCO Chairholder Liette Vasseur contributed to the section on governance, social acceptability and transition in this project.
Woodlands of Sunset Long-term Care (LTC) Facility is located on Pelham St. in Welland, ON and is managed by the Niagara Region. What makes this LTC facility unique is that adjacent to it there are wetlands and forests on property which are also owned by the Region. In the spring of 2015, the then President of the Family Council, Roman Kruczynski approached ESRC to explore the possibility of a joint initiative with the university and especially the ESRC. This is a perfect example of the collaborative character of the UNESCO Chair, Liette Vasseur, where members and non-members of the ESRC, as well as community partners such as the NPCA (Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority) and Niagara College have come together to create community sustainability.