As the global economic crisis and nascent recovery continue to unfold, it is important not to lose sight of the environment amid fiscal stimulus efforts and economic reorientation. Economic prosperity cannot be pursued at the expense of environmental sustainability. Indeed, long-term economic prosperity requires a strong and healthy ecosystem at its base. The papers presented in this publication outline and highlight unique challenges and opportunities for policy makers in the face of the current economic crisis.

  • Jason Thistlethwaite is a former CIGI senior fellow and an associate professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo.

  • Debora L. VanNijnatten is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and director of the master’s program in international public policy at BSIA. She is co-editor of Canadian Environmental Policy (Oxford, 2009). She has been a visiting Fulbright chair at Duke University and visiting associate professor at the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources. She was academic advisor for the “Emergence of Cross-Border Regions” research project carried out by the Policy Research Initiative, Government of Canada (2004-2006). She is a founding member of the North American Network for Climate Change Policy Cooperation.