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Project ideas must focus on one or more of the following environmental issues:
Habitat and Biodiversity Loss: these projects work towards preventing biodiversity loss while enabling sustainable use of local resources by protecting and recovering species at risk, conserving, restoring and/or rehabilitating significant habitats, and/or conserving and managing migratory birds.
Nearshore Water Quality: these projects can include the development and promotion of cooperative and integrated sustainable water management concepts, principles, best management practices and activities, and approaches. The projects must provide stakeholders with the knowledge and understanding of the impacts and risks of human activities to water quality and the health of aquatic ecosystems.
Impacts of Climate Change: these projects aim to protect the health of communities and coastal ecosystems. They employ adaptation and risk mitigation approaches to the negative effects of climate change on coastal communities and ecosystems. Such approaches could include increased awareness of coastal vulnerabilities, adoption of relevant and effective adaptation approaches to harmful effects of sea level rise and storm surge and best practices of risk mitigation by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Projects must also address one or more of the elements of an ecosystem approach:
Knowledge Generation and Assessment: projects that involve data collection and monitoring and the analysis of that data. For example, in order to update a Community Environmental Management Plan or to address an area of concern identified by stakeholders in the community, a group may set up a volunteer monitoring program for a brook or river. The data will be collected over a period of time and the group will analyze the results and/or publish them online or in a paper report.
Integrated Planning and Decision-Making: projects where analysis/knowledge from data is shared with decision makers either through a formal presentation or report and/or making the information accessible to community stakeholders. For example, groups might collect data on an issue, analyze the results and present them to the local and/or provincial government with recommendations to improve environmental conditions. Another example could be work to update a CEMP or develop a watershed management plan.
Action: projects must demonstrate the ability of the proponent to both inspire and lead a multi-stakeholder approach, including governments, industry and communities, to take action which yields quantifiable and qualitative outcomes or behavioural change towards sustainable development.
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