Our Projects

St. Mark’s Square in Venice, after the Ocean Literacy Workshop

Facilitation. Engagement. Change.

Here are a few examples of the diversity of projects that we undertake

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission – UNESCO

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) is working to coordinate programs in research, services and capacity building in order to learn more about the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas. One of its priorities is to develop ocean literacy (OL) professional development training programs that address the needs of three distinct sectors – business, policy and education.

GAEL worked with IOC-UNESCO to design and pilot the first OL training program: a professional development workshop for the business sector. We undertook an international data gathering exercise, to determine the best approach for content and delivery. The workshop was piloted in Venice, Italy in early December of 2019, and plans are underway to launch additional workshops and webinars in Canada early in the UN Decade of Ocean Science.

Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve

The Bras d’Or Biosphere Reserve Association (BLBRA) and the Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) hosted a National Forum on Climate Change Adaptation in June of 2019. Representatives from all 18 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (BRs) in Canada, from Indigenous communities within those BRs, and from all three levels of Government participated in 3 days of presentations, facilitated discussions and artistic celebrations. Examples of best-practice climate change adaptations in Canadian UNESCO BRs were presented and explored. Knowledge Holders (subject specialists) shared their experiences and understandings of adaptations with all participants. Susan had the honour of serving as the central facilitator for the entire event.

Forest Stewardship Council Canada

On March 11th, 2020, GAEL facilitated an FSC Canada forum on Caribou where forest companies, environmentalists, certification bodies, rights holders and others came to share and discuss how to advance and accelerate caribou conservation, management and restoration across Canada.

Through presentations and facilitated discussions, the group explored how existing best management practices and future action will provide pathways for fostering conditions for the successful uptake of FSC Canada’s new forest management standard, with an end to accelerating caribou conservation. A comprehensive overview of current FPT approaches to addressing SARA for woodland caribou will be presented, with facilitated question and answer opportunities. Small group discussions also allowed participants to learn about current leadership, innovation and collaboration activities taking place throughout Canada. Equally important were the regional discussions that helped to uncover challenges ad issues as well as potential actions.

Some of our recent clients include:

IOC UNESCO;  Environment Canada and Climate Change; Swim Drink Fish; Natural Resources Canada; Earth Rangers; Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry; Sustainable Forestry Initiative; Forests Ontario; Government of Yukon; and more!

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