Canadian universities play a vital role in efforts to understand and address climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. The Government of Canada relies on sound scientific research to make evidence-based decisions and build a low-carbon economy while protecting the environment for current and future generations.
These institutions leverage the talents of world-class scientists and researchers to generate new data and deepen the world’s understanding of these challenges.
After a Q&A with the University of Sherbrooke’s student community today, Environment and Climate Change Minister Stephen Guilbeault and Sherbrooke MP Elisabeth Briere announced up to $772,500 in funding for the University. . Supports some of the university’s ongoing research activities. These activities include:
Watershed 4 Health (W4H)
The university will receive up to $400,000 over five years to study the lake’s watershed and assess the link between watershed change and ecosystem health in the context of climate change. This project will benefit both the scientific community and Canadians by generating new data and knowledge that can, for example, inform sound land use and water management.
Landfill biowindows for methane mitigation
The university will receive up to $192,000 over two years to conduct research on landfill biowindows, which have the potential to reduce methane emissions from landfills at relatively low cost. A biowindow is a methane mitigation system that replaces a portion of an existing landfill with biologically active materials such as coarse soil or compost. Landfill gas moving from waste passes through a biowindow, where bacteria help reduce methane content. Research results will contribute to the development of knowledge and tools to assist users in designing and constructing biowindows at more landfills in Canada.
Analysis of the influence of bathymetric data on floodplain mapping
The university will receive up to $80,500 through the federal government’s Flood Hazard Identification and Mapping Program for research projects investigating the impact of bathymetric (underwater topography) field data collection techniques on flood mapping results.
Quebec Biodiversity Priority Areas Initiative
The university will receive up to $100,000 to identify key biodiversity areas in Quebec. Found across terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments, these regions support rare and endangered species, ecosystems, and important natural processes. Key biodiversity areas are areas that are important for sustaining biodiversity and are designated based on specific measurable criteria. To date, the project has identified a total of 86 locations across the province through partnerships with land managers and Indigenous communities. These sites will be added to the National Register after being finalized by the Canadian Coalition of Important Biodiversity Areas.
In addition to announcing these investments, Minister Guilbeault also highlighted the ongoing collaboration between the University of Sherbrooke and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Partnerships with academic institutions are key to addressing environmental policy challenges and finding innovative solutions. The university also supports the training of highly qualified personnel and helps ensure decision-makers have access to the relevant information they need to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts.
The Government of Canada regularly engages with Canadian universities on research areas related to its priorities to identify synergies and explore areas of collaboration. Going forward, investment in scientific research and effective partnerships with universities will continue to advance the science and knowledge needed to address complex environmental problems.
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