Workshop – Solving the conundrum of cooperation

December 14, 2016. McGill New Residence Hall.


Summary of the day  

Fostering technical and scientific cooperation for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

Biodiversity loss remains a challenge that still has to be addressed by all levels of our societies. This workshop will address how to foster technical and scientific cooperation among actors and institutions as an approach to solving the biodiversity crisis. Cooperation refers to the need to increase interactions and synergies between scientists, practitioners, and policy makers. Presentations will provide compelling examples of this cooperation across different parts of the public and private sector and across biomes and spatial scales. The day will include a panel of experts and many opportunities to discuss and share your ideas, examples and solutions for solving the cooperation conundrum.  

The objective of the workshop is to identify guiding principles for promoting technical and scientific cooperation on biodiversity issues in Quebec.

In the context of this workshop, technical and scientific cooperation is defined as : processes involving at least two organizations that decide to exchange scientific know-how or technical expertise to attain an individual or collective biodiversity-related objective.


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Question 1 – Looking around you: how important is T&S cooperation for addressing the biodiversity crisis? What forms of T&S cooperation seem to be most effective? (i.e. what do these co-operations look like, who is involved and why? etc)

Question 2 – In your field and organization what is the most effective way to make T&S Cooperation opportunities accessible at different scale (e.g. what types of tools, networks, or infrastructures are useful?)?

Question 3 – What incentives are needed to foster cooperation in organizations at various scales (resulting in T&S cooperation)

Main panel: Process and institutionalization of scientific and technical cooperation.

Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne (International initiative with BioBridge initiative with CBD)
Natasha McQuaid (International BioBridge initiative with CBD)
Jean-Patrick Toussaint (
Tania Morency (Concertation Montréal) et Marc Sardi (WWF- Canada)

Panels on examples and case studies

Panel 1: Cooperation issues regarding wetland biodiversity conservation and their sustainable management

Beatrix, Beisner (UQAM)
Martin Vaillancourt (CRE Chaudiere Appalache)
Sophie Paradis (WWF-Canada Bleu Montréal)

Panel 2: Cooperation issues in urban biodiversity

Jerome Dupras (UQO)
Bertrand Dumont  (Hortimedia)

Panel 3: Cooperation in the North: considering biodiversity issues in the development plans

Dominique Berteaux (UQAR)
Marcel Darveau (Canards Illimités)
Camille Le Gall-Payne (Kativik Regional Government)
Marianne Ricard (Kativik Regional Government)