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School of Planning, Dalhousie University – Survey


A Master of Planning
student at the Dalhousie School of Planning is assisting Dr. Patricia Manuel
and Dr. Eric Rapaport on a project that is detailed below. They are currently
conducting a survey and invite APALA members to participate. 
We are researchers at the School of Planning, Dalhousie University. We are
inviting you to participate in a survey called “Barriers and drivers in policy, planning, and governance
for using nature-based adaptation strategies in Nova Scotia’s coastal zone.”
study has been approved by the Dalhousie University Research Ethics
The purpose of this survey is to build foundational knowledge about the views
of coastal practitioners, decision-makers, and non-governmental
organizations regarding barriers to and drivers for using nature-based
approaches to coastal adaptation.
Completing the survey should not require more than 20 minutes of your
time. The survey will be available from May
30 to June 19, 2019
. If you complete and submit the survey, you are eligible to enter a draw for an
iPad mini. 
The winner will receive the prize at the end of
To read more about our project and to participate in our survey, please select
this secure link:  
The first page describes the project and includes the participant consent form.
After that, you can proceed to the survey questions.
You are eligible to participate in our survey if you
1. Work, or have worked, in a coastal region in Nova Scotia; AND
2. Have been, are, or would be involved in making decisions that impact the
coast; AND
3. Identify with one of the following groups

  • You are a decision-maker (such
    as an elected official/municipal councillor or a community-member
    appointed to a committee of council that would be involved in considering
    issues of relevance to the coast), OR
  • You provide input on decisions
    about coastal planning and management (such as planners, sustainability officers, development
    officers, engineers, CAOs, or others as relevant
    ) – in
    public service or consulting to public agencies, OR
  • You are a member of an NGO or community
    active in coastal work and providing input to
    coastal policy and planning.

This survey is part of
a larger project called Making
Room for Movement: A Framework for Implementing Nature-Based Adaptation
Strategies in Nova Scotia’s Coastal Zone
. It is funded by Natural
Resources Canada. The project involves researchers from Dalhousie University
and Saint Mary’s University, as well as industry and non-governmental agency

Making Room for
to support practitioners working with community residents, landowners,
resource-users and governments on the implementation of innovative,
nature-based alternatives to hard infrastructure.

Making Room for Movement is
also part of a research collaborative called TransCoastal Adaptations Centre
for Nature-Based Solutions, located on the Saint Mary’s University campus.
TransCoastal facilitates research between Saint Mary’s University, Dalhousie
University, industry and ENGO partners, and provincial government departments
working in coastal management.

 Results of our survey will be available early in 2021. You can obtain a
copy of the summary or full report by contacting us at the e-mail addresses
below or by visiting the TransCoastal Adaptations website at

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Dalhousie University Research
Ethics Board, REB File # 2019-4766. If you have any ethical concerns about your
participation in this research, you can contact Research Ethics, Dalhousie
University at 902-494-1462, or e-mail: (and reference the REB file
# 2019-4766).

To start the survey, go to 

Thank you for considering our request. We hope that you will participate in our
survey. If you have questions or comments about the survey, please contact us.

Laura McCardle
Master of Planning Candidate, 2020
Dalhousie University
Phone: 902-439-2747

On behalf of Drs. Patricia Manuel, MCIP, LPP /
902 494-6597, and Eric Rapaport, MCIP LPP, /
902 494-7801, School of Planning


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