CPP Environmental is developing a petroleum life-cycle training curriculum for MERIT, a joint program of the Canadian government, the Canadian Executive Service Organization, and World University Service of Canada. The curriculum supports sustainable resource management and social development to improve the livelihoods of communities in Mongolia.
Based on current United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Mongolian legislation and policy, our staff are collaborating with a local working group to enhance the country’s ability to manage petroleum development in an environmentally responsible manner. Once the curriculum is finalized, we will pair up with academic staff at Dornod University to “train the trainers.” The final portion of the project will involve training a select group of environmental inspectors and citizens from four districts (“soums”) in best practices. The goals of the project are to:
- Strengthen the capacity of public institutions working in natural resource management in Mongolia.
- Ensure robust collaboration between public institutions, civil society organizations, and local communities involved in the resource sector.
- Support communities willing to participate in and benefit from local development.
- Promote gender equality in the resource sector.
- Strengthen institutions and develop a knowledge portal to ensure sustainability.
Guiding Successful Rural Gravel Management
CPP Environmental is proud to have produced the report Got Gravel? Strategies to Secure Gravel for Rural Municipalities. Since the report’s publication, these strategies have been implemented by several municipalities to inform Alberta Land-use Framework planning. CPP was hired by the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (formerly the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties) to formulate a comprehensive and easily accessible report to guide land-planning strategies. This guidance indicates where gravel extraction can occur and how to manage the abundance or scarcity of the resource.
In the course of this project, CPP was able to confidently provide recommendations to enhance policies and associated procedures for gravel allocation to municipalities. This was accomplished through stakeholder consultations, an extensive province-wide survey of rural municipalities’ needs, a geospatial analysis of gravel reserves, and a policy review and evaluation. This research is important to ensure adequate and affordable gravel supplies for future public works projects.