Join us on your lunch break at Virtual 4TH SPACE over six days in July to hear from Concordia students and professors as they discuss their research on sustainability in general and the climate emergency in particular.
Originally scheduled as part of the now postponed cross-disciplinary conference Sustainability and the Climate Crisis, each of these six talks will highlight the varied research Concordians are currently undertaking to tackle the unfolding environmental emergency.
Despite overwhelming evidence that biodiversity and ecosystems are under mounting stress, many countries have not yet integrated measures to preserve ecological connectivity into environmental assessment (EA) legislation. Using Canada as a case study, this project aims to critically assess the inclusion of ecological connectivity within the EA process, to identify and characterize existing performance gaps, and to highlight the need for improvement. We assessed past environmental impact statements (EIS) of completed projects available from the registry on the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada website. All EISs were evaluated using a comprehensive set of both review questions and evaluation criteria based on the landscape
ecology literature. We have found that consideration of ecological connectivity is largely absent within EISs. To slow down biodiversity loss and maintain ecosystem resilience, ecological connectivity urgently needs to be integrated and prioritized within the EA process. Tools for assessing and conserving ecological connectivity need to become integrated into environmental
legislation including EA guidelines. Synthesizing existing knowledge on best practices for measuring, assessing, and protecting ecological connectivity will be necessary to build knowledge and capacity among EA practitioners regarding best practices.
Zeynab Yousefzadeh: Using life cycle assessment to identify opportunities for improving the environmental performance in emerging technologies: The case of thermal sprayed coating system for water distribution pipes freeze protection.