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Policy Work :

Updating Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act Policy Guidance Materials for the British Columbia Climate Action Secretariat.

Research, recommendations and select advocacy related to implementation of the Western Climate Initiative in Ontario.

Part of a team that advised the MOECC regarding how to achieve climate change mitigation and adaptation objectives through amendments to Ontario’s land use planning framework in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Drawing on an extensive review of best practices and the experience of its expert Advisory Committee, Zizzo Strategy lawyers prescribed recommendations for implementation strategies designed to promote:
– compact, mixed-use, location-efficient communities;
– urban design features that support active transportation; sustainable energy planning;
– protection and enhancement of green infrastructure; and
– low-impact development and improved storm water management.

Worked closely with conservation authorities to evaluate how they can best support municipalities in their efforts to adapt to climate change, including by identifying gaps in Ontario’s current water legislative framework, drawing on best practices to inform prescriptions for regulatory reform and promoting innovative solutions to improve and integrate water resource management in Ontario.

Advised the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the development of a legal framework that includes best practices for integrating climate change and biodiversity into land use planning in a project funded by the Government of Germany. The resulting global study is to be used to create policy briefs to feed into the Convention of Biodiversity (CBD) and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes and to set up capacity-building modules for local actors. The framework will be implementable across countries but is particularly geared toward target countries Colombia, Vietnam, Tanzania and Zambia.

Are regularly retained to inform senior-level decision makers in municipalities in the GTHA and across the country of potential legal liabilities and other drives to improve climate change mitigation and adaptation activities.