❯   Reinforce the governance and resilience abilities to face climate change of the coastal and riverside communities throughout the St. Lawrence Gulf and Estuary   ❮

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Scientific relevance

We consider several factors: cultural identity, traditions, social relationships, ecosystems, history, reflexivity, political, formal and informal rights, technologies and stakeholder participation. These aspects are equally important in the context of adaptation to environmental changes than in the effective management of coastal areas. They enhance social relationships, partnerships and a sense of belonging and exceed the technical adaptation strategies to address the necessary adjustments to various mechanisms (eg. decision-making, implementation actions, perceptions of the effects observed / expected ownership or new opportunity).

Sustainable development and adaptation to climate change does not spread equally across and along the same lines. Management and adaptation capacity depend on biophysical, social and cultural constructs that are strong identity referents, and on recognition of requests made by local populations within the governance mechanisms where political bodies acknowledge their expertise, skills and work. The development of adaptation strategies requires more than concerted partnership actions. It is also achieved through the development of methodological and transfer tools appropriate to monitoring of the changes of socio-ecological perspectives through studies conducted over long periods. This innovative feature offers more possibilities than only occasional, a-historical and localized studies. As agreed with the partners, we will develop in the early months of this CURA a series of indicators that will allow us to ensure that the effects we attribute to the modes of governance for the resilience of communities are indeed induced by them. The use of a longitudinal approach permits the tracking of social and environmental changes that affect communities in contexts of uncertainty and great complexity.

This partnership aims at the co-production and co-construction of new knowledge, both theoretical (way of thinking) and methodological (way to do, and mastering of skills and techniques) to rethink the ways services and intervention are provided in territories. The first results expected relate to the potential of community involvement and participatory action research (PAR) to develop new tools for building resilience (values mapping, making models, negotiation skills, environmental monitoring).