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CIELAP's 4th Partnering for Sustainability Workshop

Achieving Resilient Agricultural Systems: Innovation, People and Partnerships
A workshop to feed into the UN’s Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD)

November 13 and 14, 2008

Workshop presentations now online

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Workshop Steering Committee, Context, and the UN CSD process
Workshop Pre-Discussion Process
November 13 evening reception
Other Information for Participants
Workshop Supporters and Sponsors

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CIELAP’s 4th Partnering for Sustainability workshop, which is being held in collaboration with the Government of Canada, will be an interactive, discussion-based forum for Canadian stakeholders to share case studies, lessons learned, and best practices and to propose alternatives for how sustainable development can be advanced. The three sub-themes will help to focus the workshop discussion:

CIELAP's workshop will focus on Canada's domestic situation, although international linkages will be brought forward. Participants will contribute to the question "What policy instruments, programs, or other mechanisms need to be put in place for the development of a national vision and practices in Canada that foster resilient agricultural systems and advance sustainable development?".

A special focus on partnerships will help participants develop the skills and networks to partner with other organizations and sectors on sustainability initiatives.

We would like to invite 50-60 senior representatives from different sectors, including, government, the private sector, NGOs, academics, aboriginal organizations, the farming community and others to contribute to this influential and engaging discussion. CIELAP is seeking participants who are interested in: sharing case studies, lessons learned, and best practices; informing the government’s position at CSD; and integrating what they have learned into their practice.

A $300 registration fee will be charged to help cover the workshop's food, facility, and related costs. Small NGOs and other organizations with limited resources can enquire about the potential for a reduced rate.

A structured online forum will be used before the workshop to seek input and document best practices, lessons learned, and challenges from Canadian stakeholders. This input will provide a baseline for discussion at the workshop.

Participants will also be encouraged to prepare posters of their case studies to post on the online forum and to share at the workshop. A poster template will be provided closer to the workshop date.

Contact Carolyn at carolyn@cielap.org or 416-923-3529 x26 to express your interest; to inquire about sponsorship opportunities; or for more information.

Thank you to the Government of Canada for their support for this workshop:



This work was carried out with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada.

Funding for this project was provided in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agricultural Adaptation Council’s CanAdvance Program.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

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