Characteristics of effective collaboration

Three adaptation initiatives undertaken in New Brunswick—in the Saint John River Valley, Charlotte County and the Tantramar/Chignecto region—were analyzed to better understand the effectiveness of collaboration efforts. Each of these initiatives involved engagement with stakeholders across different sectors, who came together with the common goal of adapting to climate change in their region. Project participants were surveyed on how effective they felt the collaboration was, which qualities of collaboration (e.g., shared decision making, acquiring new knowledge, etc.) that they thought were most important to the process, and selected outcomes resulting from the collaboration (e.g., gaining a shared understanding, creative solutions, etc.) that resonated most strongly with them. The case studies show how collaborative initiatives can be used to effectively identify region-specific vulnerabilities and inform climate change adaptation action plans.

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