CIELAP’s Draft Strategic Directions – Seeking Your Input

CIELAP’s Board of Directors has approved new draft strategic directions aimed at strengthening our public policy voice and enhancing our financial sustainability.  We’re now inviting you to give your input.  Please read more below, download and review our draft Strategic Plan and give your insights by October 16.

As a taste, here are some of our proposed new directions:

CIELAP will build on its proven research expertise by continuing to research emerging and neglected issues.  Our fields of research will be refined to:

  • Climate Change Adaptation in water and agriculture
  • Food Sustainability
  • Water Conservation
  • Sustainable Land Use
  • EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility)
  • Governance for Sustainability
  • Sustainability Strategies (Agenda 21s and Local Agenda 21s)

CIELAP is also going to develop three new Signature Programmes:

  1. University Clubs, piloted at York University and the University of Toronto
  2. an annual Research Report Card (i.e. population growth and connexions to unsustainability)
  3. piloting an annual Sustainability Solutions Forum building on CIELAP’s successful series of “Partnering for Sustainability” conferences

CIELAP will continue to engage a diversity of voices in its research and policy development.  This will include actively solidifying and expanding our research partnerships to better include: academics, corporations, youth, health NGOs, national and regional ENGOs, faith groups, unions / labour groups, indigenous communities, social justice groups, and international partners.

We also plan to experiment with more participatory approaches to research and policy development, which are increasingly seen as essential tools toward achieving more sustainable societies. And one of the first places we will use this new participatory approach is right here with you….

How you can engage:

!) Understand the context. It is becoming increasingly clear that environmental solutions are directly inter-linked to social and economic considerations.  We encourage you to apply Systems Thinking and consider that the natural environment works quite well on its own.  This suggests that environmental concerns may be better addressed if we actively identify those places where the natural environment intersects with the mix of human social and economic concerns.  Ideally, society will create public policies that pro-actively address these places of environmental / social / economic intersection rather than reacting once environmental challenges emerge.

2) Read our new Draft Strategic Plan for 2009 to 2012.

3) Take a day or two to reflect on the ideas.

4) Provide your thoughtful review, critique, analysis, observations and/or comments on the draft Plan in the comments section below OR send them to  Please send your feedback by Friday October 16th.

We will review everything that you submit and we will use your insights to re-craft and re-define our final Strategic Plan for 2009-2012.  The final Plan will be posted online at

Thanks for your ongoing support for our efforts to provide objective, thorough, and evidence-based research that informs public policy and policy decision-makers.


Thomas Esakin, CIELAP Executive Director

Considerations for your participation.

  • Provide macro- (higher- / big-picture-) level critiques / analysis rather than micro- (lower- / small-picture-) level comments.  Please give us your insights about how CIELAP can strengthen its public policy role and move in a direction where we can see the strongest positive impacts in Canada and around the world.
  • Reference what sections and subsections of the draft Strategic Plan you are referring to.
  • Please provide your name and affiliation if you are comfortable doing so.
  • We reserve the right to remove any comments that are considered offensive.

One Response to “CIELAP’s Draft Strategic Directions – Seeking Your Input”

  1. Carolyn Webb (CIELAP) says:

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for all the great comments you sent on CIELAP’s strategic plan (it looks as though all of you chose the email route…)

    We appreciate your input and you’ve given us a lot to think over. We’ll be sure to post the revised version of the plan once it has been finalized.

    All the best,

Leave a Reply