Great Lakes Governance

Great Lakes Governance

Great Lakes Governance

Governance of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin

The institute serves as a key partner in research, scholarship and policy networks related to governance of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin.  UBRI experts served as US co-lead for The Great Lakes Water Stewardship Project, an initiative undertaken under the auspices of the Transboundary Research University Network, for Water Stewardship, an international, transdisciplinary research network comprising 16 Canadian and United States institutions committed to innovative research, training, and engagement on issues affecting the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin.   This project aimed to provide guidance with respect to major policies and programs focused on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin, including the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Protocol and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, by suggesting areas of governance and policy reform and strategic research frameworks. The research goals were to develop an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral understanding of the future of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin; create translational results that integrate science and policy into practice; train the next generation of Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin leaders; and recommend policy and governance reforms for socio-ecological sustainability of the Basin.

In addition, UBRI served as US lead for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant that established a Great Lakes Policy Research Network.  The Great Lakes Policy Research Network is a collaborative research partnership involving policy researchers and graduate students from eight universities in Canada and the United States. The goal of the network is to improve policy outcomes through the creation of new knowledge by engaging government, non-governmental, private sector, community organizations and other stakeholders in transboundary policy research projects.

Experts also are involved in a number of other Great Lakes initiatives currently underway, including the following:

Examining the policy framework for offshore wind energy in the Great Lakes (funded by the University at Buffalo ReNEW Institute)

Building consensus on water values (funded by the Community Foundation of Western New York)

Assessing science-policy linkages to better understand nearshore water quality in Lake Ontario (funded by the SUNY 4E Network)

Serving as US lead to creating a risk management framework for algal blooms in Lakes Erie and Ontario (funded by the Canadian Water Network)

Collaborating with scientists to examine multiple stressors and cumulative effects in the Great Lakes (funded by the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada)