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Columbia River Treaty


Retained by Ministry of Mines to provide advice and facilitation and negotiation support to the Columbia Treaty Review process and related dialogue between the Treaty Entities and engagement of First Nations, the US Sovereigns, and stakeholders in both Canada and the US.

UN Mediation Standby Team


Member of UN Mediation Support Unit Mediation Stand-by Team. Responsible for assisting with the design and implementation of mediation processes supported by the UN. Principle focus is issues related to transboundary waters in addition to general mediation process design advice. Contract extended beyond the end of the Standby team mandate (April 2009) to December 2009 in order to continue to work with the MSU on a standby basis.

Conflict management Training for the Nile Basin Initiative


Retained by the Nile Basin Initiative and SNC Lavalin to develop and deliver a training program on conflict management to representatives of the Nile Basin countries. The interactive skills based program addressed macro and micro conflict management, the international legal context, mediation and facilitation using hypothetical simulations, real case studies and role plays. Participant evaluation of the program was very high; exceeding 85% approval of the content and delivery.

Strategic Plan for Canadian Governance Assistance to the Iraqi Marshlands

(September 2006)

The Iraqi marshlands were substantially drained and poisoned by the previous regime in Iraq resulting in the devastation of the marshland ecosystems and the Marshland Arab communities that depend upon them. Subsequent assistance from Canada and other Nations has supported restoration of the marshlands and the marshland communities. Further restoration work is required particularly in the area of governance. Alex Grzybowski along with several other Canadian experts was retained by CIDA to meet with 75 Iraqi officials in Amman Jordan to develop a strategy for Canadian support in the governance area. This 4 day session generated a consensus based plan for Canadian investment in governance in the region. Alex Grzybowski played an instrumental role in facilitating the development of the plan along with several other Canadian facilitators and governance experts.

Philippines Canada Environmental Management Project Evaluation


Pacific Resolutions was retained as part of a team to assess the progress of the PCEEM project in Cebu and Davao. The PCEEM project’s overall goal was to strengthen and enhance the capacity of Metro-Cebu and Davao City to adopt innovative government, industry and local governance systems to address natural resource management problems affecting their watershed ecosystems. The evaluation engaged key project stakeholders in development of the assessment results including recommendations for improvement. These recommendations were subesequently implemented resulting in substantial improvements in the future success of the project.

Salween Basin Planning Initiative


The Salaween river flows from Tibet and Yunan province in China, to Burma and Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Facilitated workshop discussions involving water resource experts from these countries and UN water resource agencies examined the prospects for collaborative management of the Basin and developed a common vision for the basin and an action plan for future collaboration.