Advancement of knowledge and capacity building
Academically, we expect the advancement of knowledge in the field (environmental science, regional development and risk management) and the development of institutional links between universities offering programs in complementary subjects. We envision the possibilities of directing and co-directing students enrolled in graduate programs.
In terms of advancing knowledge, our contribution will be through publications (reports, scientific articles, book chapters) and through oral and written (proceedings). These productions will be distributed regionally, nationally and internationally. Exchanges between participants will stimulate the emergence of innovative research projects. In addition, this CURA will have a leveraging effect for participants who submit applications for funding (eg. SSHRC, NSERC, FQRSC, FQRNT, Trust Fund and Innovation NB, New Initiatives CRDT). Finally, the publishers at GRIDEQ, Island Studies Journal / Island Studies at UPEI, Press of the Univ. Moncton and the PUQ, will provide a range of quality publications at affordable cost. The accompaniment approach that participant's advocate will ensure exchanges with communities and knowledge transfer activities are stimulating and dynamic.
Together with partners, we will assist local communities in their ownership of integrated management and adaptation processes induced by participatory action research. In addition, the formation of this alliance will support networks at different scales (local, regional, national and international) and ensure the sustainability of these strengthened links between researchers and all local stakeholders in this vast territory. Through the documentation of each situation we will be able to provide partners with the necessary input to prepare strategies and action plans to meet their long-term needs around environmental issues. To achieve and ensure transfer of knowledge to all partners and their members, we may develop easily accessible centers of expertise and materials. This effort will result in the development of Internet tools, newsletters, seminars, workshops (intra and inter-provincial), annual meetings and the participation of members in lay journals.
Reinforcing community capacity to deal with environmental issues is at the heart of this CURA. This should enable partners to develop skills in terms of meetings, application of social science techniques, negotiation and consultation. In addition to increasing the credibility of partners with elected officials, the structure of this alliance will strengthen the linkages and networking of actors sharing common interests (e.g. discussions on strategic planning). This CURA will consolidate and improve the rate of participation of stakeholders in developing coping strategies of communities and water governance. The advantage of our participatory action research framework is that it equips decision makers (elected officials and public servants), non-governmental organizations and the private sector with effective and efficient development tools in governance, capable of achieving socio-ecological consensus. Several activities (partner-universities) will be required at all stages of co-construction/participation (research, training and dissemination).