Stewardship, Research and Education Grants Program Application Form

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Stewardship, Research and Education Grants Program

Application Form


1)

Project
Overview

A)
Project Title
:

Pilot Course
-

Special

Topics in Watershed Management


B)
Funding Request: $
10,000


C)
Project Location
:

Manitoba Watershed of the Lake Winnipeg Basin


D)
Project Category:

x

Stewardship



Research


x

Education


2)

Project Overview

A)
Organization
:


B)
Brief organizational description (organization type;

mission & mandate;

date established; # staff &

volunteers; population & geographic region served; charitable status; website; etc)


IISD’s vision is ‘Better living for all, sustainably’. Established in 1990, IISD is a non
-
partisan, non
-
profit
registered charity
specializing in research, policy analysi
s and information exchange. We have a diverse
team of more than 100 staff and associates located in over 30 countries worldwide and four offices,
including Winnipeg, Ottawa, Geneva and New York. Through our dynamic portfolio of projects, we have
partnered
with more than 200 organizations throughout the world. Specifically, IISD’s areas of expertise
include trade and investment, climate change and energy, natural and social capital, and
water research
and innovation
.

In 200
9

the International Institute for S
ustainable Development (IISD) established the Water
Innovation Centre (WIC) as a new global knowledge hub for water management. It comprises a
team of water experts from its staff, associates and networks. Located at IISD's Head Office in
Winnipeg, Manitob
a, Canada, the Centre's primary focus is the systematic evaluation of water
management measures, costs and benefits. WIC's integrated water management policy and
practical innovations are designed to have relevance in North America and around the world.


M
ore details of IISD’s efforts can be found on our website at:
http://www.iisd.org/


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C)
Project Contact:


Pauline Gerrard, Online learning and training coordinator


D)
Contact address
:


6
th

Floor 161 Portage Ave East, Winnipeg MB, R3B 0Y4


E)
Phone
:

204
-
958
-
7727


F)
Email
:

pgerrard@iisd.ca


3)

Project

Description

A)
Project Summary

(200 words or less;

this summary may be posted on the Lake Winnipeg Foundation
website and used for

promotional purposes)


IISD’s Water innovation centre is collaborating with regional partners to develop and deliver a series of
watershed training modules titled, “
Special Topics in Watershed Management
”. The first (pilot) training
module will be on ecol
ogical goods and services
and

stakeholder engagement and will be targeted at
conservation district managers and other local/watershed decision makers
working for a healthy Lake
Winnipeg Basin
.

These topics were identified through a deliberative process wit
h an engaged steering
committee representing CD managers, provincial agencies, academic groups and others.


The course will use a blended approach of face to face training with online learning
,

using ecological
goods and services as a means to
present

cri
tical and important correlated landscape functions such as
nutrient

retention and flood mitigation
. The course will then show how valuing these can help make a
strong case for their management, and also use the idea of multiple benefits from healthy landsc
apes as
a means to engage decision makers and the public through communications and other programming at
the watershed level.

The course will include presentations and specific feedback from technical experts
facilitating networking, peer learning and be
st practices in watershed management for Manitoba.


B)
How will your project improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and/or the watershed?


The proposed project will support improved water quality in Lake Winnipeg by
building the capacity
and
effectiveness
of Conservation District Managers

and other decision makers

in
a critical part of the Lake
Winnipeg basin in Manitoba, a jurisdiction that contributes almost half of the nutrient loads to the lake.
Our training aims to engage the managers of the
18
conserv
ation districts in Manitoba.

A good
understanding of w
atershed management
designed to

maintain

and support

ecosystem services such as
nutrient
removal

and flood management is critical to improved water quality in Lake Winnipeg.
In a
recent assessment of the rapid
eutrophication of Lake Winnipeg by
Schindler
et al.

(2012)

a combination
of expanding livestock production and more frequent flood events were identified

as critical factors to

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the phosphorus loading in
the lake
.

The pa
per suggests that a combination of aggressive control of
phosphorus applied by the agricultural sector combined with restoration of wetlands and

natural

drainage patter
n
s are the most likely measure to reduce eutrophication.
The proposed project will
prov
ide a targeted training opportunity for Conservation District Managers

and policy makers

in MB
focused on building their understanding of the science around ecosystem goods and services

such as
flood mitigation and water quality management

for effective
ta
rgeted
integrated watershed
management planning.


C)
What issue or need does your project address?
What is the significance of your project to the local

commun
ity?


Background


Integrated watershed management requires

strong scientific understanding combined with effective
planning
and engagement
processes
.


In
Manitoba
,

Conservation District (CD) Managers
are responsible
for

watershed management planning, working together with farmers and municipal authorities to
iden
tify priority land and

water
-
related issues, determining

projects or policies targeted to
address the
issues, and identifying

how land and water management programming will be cooperatively carried out
throughout the watershed.


Recognizing their important role in the
health of Lake Winnipeg
,
IISD

conducted a brief needs
assessment with CD managers to identify possible areas
for

support

and training needs
. The assessment
found that
there is a
n ongoing desire for skills upgrade am
ong CD Managers,

including process skills
such as stakeholder consultation,
strategic communications
,
and
scenario planning
as well as
technical
skills such as

ecosystem goods and service valuation,

nutrient management,
and
water storage

planning
.

Access
to the scientific community and new technologies as well as programs which facilitate
networking and peer learning between watershed managers both in MB and across the country were
also identified as needs.


Based on

this assessment
, and also on its own hi
story of training and capacity building globally
,
IISD
is
developing a broad framework for delivering targeted training and short courses to
technical staff and
the general public who are engaged and interested in watershed management issues
. This umbrell
a
framework,

Special Topics in Watershed Management
,

aims

to provide target
ed

capacity building which
will foster innovation and promote strong scientific understanding

of

these complex issues. C
ourse
s
under the framework will be

designed to focus on an u
p and coming issue related to watershed or land
use management and will use process skills to
help with both substance and delivery skills in
the context
of the
course
parti
cipants. To provide guidance to the program
,

a provincial steering committee
has
b
een established
including members from MB Water Stewardship, the University of MB, Manitoba
Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, and two

MB

Conservation District
s
.


Proposed
Scope of Work


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As part of this framework

IISD proposes to
design and
deliver a
pilot
training
course

on stakeholder
engagement
and the ecology of watershed management for
conservation district managers and other
local/watershed decision makers working for a healthy Lake Winnipeg Basin.


Th
is

pilot
course

will be delivered u
sing a blended approach of face t
o face workshop

and online learning
and will focus on the

foundations
and science of
Ecosystems Goods and Services

(EGS)

in support of
integrated watershed management

planning
.

Throughout the course

CD managers
and other
participants
will examine and discuss key goods and services within their own watershed

management
plans and

learn about the
ecological
processes which results in these goods an
d services at a watershed
level
.
Face to face sessions

will include presentati
ons by scientists to CD Managers
allowing the
opportunity for
discussion of both the policy and science of

ecosystem services including

water quality
and floo
d control.
F
inally
,

CD managers will consider how to use EGS and the science behind it as a tool

to communicate and promote effective decision making to the general public and their own watershed
constituents.


Approach


The pedagogical approach of the course will be interactive and based on action and experience, drawing
from up
-
to
-
date research and

case studies and facilitating networking between Conservation District
Managers
.

The content and activities will work together to promote
best practice and lessons learned
within the CD community

using a variety of learning approaches including: expert pr
esentations, panel
discussions, audio, video, self
-

assessment, and peer learning. The course will be
delivered
through a
blended approach of facilitated online learning

over a set 4
-
6 week period
, combined with
at least

one

day

of

face to face workshop
s
.


Significance to the local community


The proposed course directly address
es

the needs
of
MB Conservation District Managers

for

building a
common understanding of ecosystem science and providing tools to support their own community
engagement activities a
nd communications.


D)
Project Work Plan. Please complete the following table:

Inputs

Activities

Outputs

Outcomes

Resources/expertise

needed for the project

What will you do?

When will you do it?

What

will happen
within one year
because

of what you
did?

What will happen within
5 to 10 years because of
what you did?

s
taff

t
ime, technical
expertise from LWF
Science Advisory
Council and the
Advisory Committee

Course Design

Course content
developed including
12
-
14 hours of online
learning

and 2 face to
face workshop
sessions

Course content will be
available to be adapted
and used for future
deliveries of the course

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staff time

Course Promotion

CD Managers will
know about and have
participated in the
course

Stakeholders in the
watershed man
agement
community will know
about the Lake Winnipeg
Foundation’s support

and
IISD’s delivery

of this type
of training opportunity

Staff time, online
learning platform,
meeting room
availability,
technical
expertise from LWF
Science Advisory
Council and th
e
Advisory Committee

Course Delivery

Up to 18 CD managers
trained in the
principals and
valuation of

ecosystem goods and
services, in particular
flood mitigation and
nutrient management
services

More effective, science
based integrated
watershed
management
planning and
communications is
occurring in MB
Conservation Districts in
the Lake Winnipeg Basin











E)
What partners are you working with in undertaking this project?


Partners
on the project
includ
e

MB Water Stewardship, the University of MB, Manitoba Agriculture,
Food and Rural Initiatives
, Upper Assiniboine and East Interlake Conservation Districts
.
Additional
partners may be sought out or included based on needs.


F)
How will your project engage and educate community members about Lake Winnipeg? About the
project’s impact?


Conservation District Managers work directly with communities in their watershed through both their
own consultation processes as well as many of
the activities they deliver.
The
course will engage CD
Managers in the tools they need to better communicate watershed management outcomes including
impacts of the course itself and
how interventions in their own watershed can have a positive impact on
La
ke Winnipeg.


G)
What is your project timeline?

Provide start and end dates


The project will begin on May 1
st

with course design occurring through the summer. Course marketing
will occur in

the

fall as part of regular CD Manager meetings. Course deliver
y will be conducted in
January


February when CD Managers have less field obligations. Project end date will be March 31
st
.





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4)

Project Budget

A)
Total Project Cost:

$55,000

B)
Additional funders (
please indicate if these are
committed or pending)
:


Royal Bank, Blue Water Fund: $40,000 (cash, confirmed)

U of M, EICD, MAFRI and Con/WSD
-

$5
,
000 (in
-
kind, confirmed)


C)
Budget Breakdown
:

Expense

Justification

Amount Requested
from LWF

Amount requested
from other sources

Salaries

Background needs
assessment, steering
committee
coordination/meetings,
program design and
development, course
marketing, course
delivery

8,000

40,000

Materials and supplies

on
-
line presence, fees
etc, workshop materials

1,000

5,000

Travel




Workshop

costs

Meeting room

rental
/lunch etc

1
,
000



5)

In
-
kind Support

A)
Would your project benefit from additional in
-
kind support from the
Lake Winnipeg Foundation
?

x

Access to the expertise of our Science Advisory Council




Access to LWF Outreach and Education resource
s





Support in building partnerships



Other


Please provide a brief descr
iption of how this support will

benefit your project.


LWF Science Advisory Council
members
could be engaged

to
provide technical advice and input
including possibly
review
ing

parts of course content and
acting and delivering a session during the face
to face session
. This will give CD managers direct access to the Science Advisory Council and facilitate
learning, networking and continued collaboration or support between these

two groups.


6)

Project

Deliverable
s

and

Evaluation

A)

What are your project deliverables? How will these be shared with the Lake Winnipeg
Foundation and the public?

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Up to 20 CD managers, policy makers or members of the general public
trained in the science
around ecosystem goods and services, in particular flood mitigation and nutrient management
services
. This will be directly shared with the Lake Winnipeg Foundation through the
involvement of the Science Advisory Council in the training;



Press release abo
ut the training promoting strong science and the value of ecosystem goods and
services to people throughout Manitoba

and their benefits to the health of Lake Winnipeg
;



Course material which can be adapted and reused to be summarized in the final project re
port;



Project report which summarizes evaluation results, lessons learned and impacts of the training
for the Lake Winnipeg
Foundation
.


B)
How will you measure the success of your project?

Please identify at least three indicators that can
be used to mea
sure the success of your project. These indicators

should relate to the Project O
utputs
identified in your Project Work Plan (Section
3
)



Effectiveness of the training program will be evaluated using the following indicators:



participation and engagement

(both online and face to face) by CD managers in the
program;




evaluation at the end of the program including a perception by participants that they
have learned something new and that they will be able to apply this new knowledge to
their work;



follow
-
up

interviews and an online survey six months after the training to examine how
they have applied what they have learned and if they perceive resulting impacts related
to water quality and flood management.



C)
How will you ensure project continuity afte
r LWF funding ends?


The proposed initial course is part of a broader scope of work in the planning stages through IISD’s
Water Innovation Centre. Once the content has been developed the course could be run again at
significantly reduced costs as part of
what we hope will be an ongoing set of short courses.


The course itself will also have a strong focus on networking and peer learning pulling participants and
technical experts together as a group and strengthening engagement in watershed management
eve
n
after the course is complete.



D)
Reporting R
equirements
. All successful applicants will be required to submit narrative and financial
reports within one year of the project start date.
Reporting templates

will be provided by the Lake
Winnipeg Foundat
ion.




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7)

Signatures

& Confirmation


This application must be signed by the Project Contact and by the President or another Officer of the
organization’s governing board.


Project Contact:

Pauline Gerrard

Title:

Online Learning and Training Coordinator
, IISD


Signature:





Date:

March 6
,

2013


President/Officer:

Dr.
Henry David Venema

Title:

Vice Present of Science and Innovation


Signature:


Date:

March 6, 2013



8)

Submission

Please submit completed a
pplications by email

to
:


Executive Director

Lake Winnipeg Foundation

ed@lakewinnipegfoundation.org

One hard copy of the application should be mailed to:

Lake Winnipeg Foundation

3
rd

Floor


303 Portage Ave

Winnipeg Manitoba

R3B 2B4

All
applications are due by March 1 2013 (midnight CST).