Ecosystem-based management research for Canada's Sablefish fishery

The fishery for British Columbia's Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) is one of Canada's most valuable marine fisheries. This project addresses the two primary strategic challenges currently facing this fishery: (1) lower harvest quotas aimed at rebuilding the spawning biomass to more productive levels risks the economic sustainability of the industry and (2) future access to fishing grounds could be in jeopardy without improved information about the ecological impacts of fishing on non-target species and seabed habitats.

Dreamcatcher Informatics: a Web-based and Mobile Information System to Support Land Management, Consultation, and the Preservation of History, Culture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

The role of this internship is to assist in reaching the SSHRC goal for the Dreamcatcher system of capturing cultural data, traditional ecological knowledge, and traditional land use. This internship will contribute to the growing area of critical Indigenous research in Canadian planning practice and theory.

Snow avalanche risk management

Managing the risks from snow avalanches during winter mountain travel is vital for the Canadian avalanche industry. An average of 14 avalanche-related fatalities per year occurred between 1997 and 2014 with the majority of those
triggering the avalanches themselves. We propose a detailed examination of avalanche risk management practices using the conceptual model for avalanche hazard and the Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing 5-Step Checklist System.

Analyse socioéconomique de la situation des acteurs de la chaine d’approvisionnement de l’industrie du rechapage du pneu au Brésil

Cette étude a pour objectif principal de documenter les pratiques de gestion et les conditions de travail des acteurs de la chaine d’approvisionnement de l’industrie du rechapage de pneu de camions au Brésil. L'étude consiste en une collecte terrain qui alimentera une analyse sociale du cycle de vie du rechapage au Brésil selon trois scénarios: 1) scénario de base "valorisation" (le pneu est valorisé en fin de vie); 2) scénario "rechapage"; 3) scénario "recreusage puis rechapage". En parallèle, une analyse environnementale du cycle de vie est aussi menée.

Analyse socioéconomique de la situation des acteurs de la chaine d’approvisionnement de l’industrie du rechapage du pneu au Brésil

Cette étude a pour objectif principal de documenter les pratiques de gestion et les conditions de travail des acteurs de la chaine d’approvisionnement de l’industrie du rechapage de pneu de camions au Brésil. L'étude consiste en une collecte terrain qui alimentera une analyse sociale du cycle de vie du rechapage au Brésil selon trois scénarios: 1) scénario de base "valorisation" (le pneu est valorisé en fin de vie); 2) scénario "rechapage"; 3) scénario "recreusage puis rechapage". En parallèle, une analyse environnementale du cycle de vie est aussi menée.

Uncovering Sources of Plastics Waste in the Maritimes to Support Innovative Recycling Technologies

The project aims to collect and synthesize information pertaining to low-grade plastics waste streams in Atlantic Canada. The project will focus on type, quantity, quality, location, and current management practices of the plastics waste streams identified. Information will be gathered primarily from farmers, waste management groups, and key government informants in Nova Scotia. The intern will provide research support in all aspects of plastics waste streams as needed by Nova ReNew.

Asset-Based Community Enterprise Development in Bolivia

This cross-sectoral research project will track the process of supporting four nascent community-based enterprises (CBEs) in indigenous communities in the Bolivian highlands, examining the complex interaction of factors that contribute to successful CBEs.

Determining the timespan and ecological conditions necessary for afforested environments to support older-growth understorey communities Year Two

Mineral aggregate production is essential to Canada’s economy and infrastructure but environmental concerns threaten to impede this until ecological impacts are shown to be mitigated by off-site replication of affected ecosystems including heritage hardwood forests. A large-scale comparative study was recently initiated to determine whether conventional forestry can produce plantations that are ecologically equivalent to natural forests.

Capacity Building for Competitiveness in Aboriginal forestry

This project recognizes the significant business challenges First Nations forestry enterprises face which have the effect of limiting the benefits to First Nations from forests (Wellstead and Stedman 2010). There is limited awareness of the conditions that affect the success and failure of Aboriginal enterprises in the forest sector (Trosper et al 2008).

Land Use Mapping and Planning for Sustainable Development with Island Lake First Nations and other East-side Communities in Manitoba

Participatory community development research alongside Garden Hill First Nation (FN), Wasagamack FN and other East-side FN community members is the focus of this Mitacs research. Student interns will assist in recording each community’s traditional land use through maps, videos, interviews, development of plans and branding. A geographical information system will allow an analysis of different natural resources and land uses. This research will build capacity in the community to plan and implement sustainable development in the East-side communities considering cultural priorities.

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