The Canada-Pacific Alliance Scholarship Program

The Canada-Pacific Alliance Scholarships Program (CPAS) is built to support and strengthen the Pacific Alliance (PA) and its member countries: Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. The five-year program is administered by the University of Alberta and aims to contribute to the capacity of PA governments to sustainably manage and regulate their extractive sectors for the benefit of their countries, including not only economic development, but also environmental stewardship, social justice, and gender equality. This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.

In 2019 and 2020, the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute delivered three courses as part of the CPAS program: on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Evaluation Process in Vancouver, Canada (November 2019); Community-Based Decision-Making in Lima, Peru (November 2019); and Environmental Economics, delivered online in November 2020.

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Evaluation Process short course 

In November 2019, CIRDI welcomed a group of delegates from government organisations in Chile and Peru for a short course on leading practices in Environmental Assessment (EA) and Evaluation Processes in Vancouver, Canada. The course curriculum focused on both technical and governance considerations of the EIA, and was customized for the specific needs of the participants representing and the Ministry of Energy in Chile, the National Service of Environmental Certification for Sustainable Investments (SENACE), and the Ministry of Energy and Mining in Peru. Both theoretical and practical components were strategically integrated into a course program to ensure blended learning and to enhance intergovernmental collaboration and partnerships. Read more: Delegates from Chile and Peru trained on Environmental Assessment as part of the Canadian Pacific Alliance Scholarship Program

  • Community-Based Decision-Making short course 

This short course took place in Lima, Peru during the months of November and December 2019, and aimed to contribute to the participants’ skills and knowledge focused on leading Canadian and international practices related to community-based decision-making. The participants included government and academic representatives from Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Colombia. The curriculum introduced a compendium of lessons learned on the topics to aid the ability of participants to develop and implement contextually appropriate policy and practice in their own work. The course incorporated a variety of learning methods including presentations, case studies, breakout sessions, peer-to-peer learning, analysis of leading global policies and guidelines, and field-based learning.

  • Environmental Economics short course

In November 2020, CIRDI delivered a short course in Environmental Economics to a group of 24 delegates from government ministries in Chile, Peru, and Columbia. Because of Covid-19 travel restrictions, the course was delivered entirely online over a two-week period by 16 expert presenters from government, industry, industry associations, and academic institutions. Experts from the UN, University of British Columbia, and from all levels of Canada’s government offered insight on a range of topics, from financial and policy tools for environmental protection, to municipal planning for climate resilience, to the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge in natural resource exploration and extraction. The course took the form of presentations, informal Q & A sessions, group discussions, assignments and, to close the session, group presentations. Read more: Government Officials from Pacific Alliance Countries Work with Global Experts on Environmental Economics in CIRDI Short Course