United Nations Environment Programme
Division of Technology, Industry, and Economics
Economics and Trade Branch

McGill University and the McGill-UNEP Collaborating Centre in EIA, Canada

McGill is a highly ranked, research-intensive, internationally oriented university, located in Montreal and networked with other universities and institutions globally. McGill components with expertise in environmental, economic and trade issues include the McGill School of the Environment (a partnership between the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, and the Faculty of Science) as well as units in the faculties of engineering, law, management and medicine. McGill is also linked with the three other universities in Montreal with expertise in sustainable development and environmental assessment (Université du Québec à Montréal, Université du Montréal, Concordia University).

In 2003, McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences was signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Environment Programme designating it as a UNEP Collaborating Centre in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The mandate of the EIA centre is to conduct EIA-related teaching, training and research, and to promote EIA best practices, objectives and benefits through advanced seminars, workshops and colloquia. It aims at facilitating capacity building in support of programmes implementing sustainable development in partnership with other institutions and responsible agencies.

The approach of McGill University and its UNEP Collaborating Centre towards capacity building for integrated policy design and sustainable development implementation follows from the university mission of teaching, scholarship and service to society. Long-term commitments in capacity building involve the training of graduate students from developing countries and Canada, through thesis research and fieldwork in areas relevant to sustainable development goals. Such activities can embrace both policy and practice, taking place at the university and through fieldwork in developing countries. Findings are published and training manuals for use in developing countries are produced. Networks of specialists and experts from outside the university and from affiliated institutions in Canada can be fully utilized.

Contact: Dr. Mark Curtis
Associate Professor
Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
McGill University
Macdonald Campus
21,111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC
H9X 3V9
Tel: +1-514-398 7728
Fax: +1-514-398 7990
E-mail: curtis@nrs.mcgill.ca