Earth Sciences Sector’s (ESS) International Engagement Strategy 2015-2018

Looking ahead to 2018, global trends indicate that geomatics and geosciences will remain key supporting interests of Canadian foreign policy. The need for international earth science expertise is poised for significant increase as the world continues to face challenges for which the earth sciences may provide noteworthy contributions.

The following are the two elements within ESS which determine the Sector’s international activity.

Targeted Science Cooperation

Targeted Science Cooperation forms the core of international research collaboration performed by ESS. It is motivated by the aim to achieve research excellence and to build capabilities to provide public geoscientific and geospatial expertise, knowledge and technology to support environmental, social and economic objectives of the federal government. Providing “public-good” Earth Sciences data regularly requires ESS to work effectively with international partners. The knowledge gained from international cooperation under this model is used to strengthen Canada’s understanding, stewardship and sovereignty of its landmass and natural resources. This Strategy helps guide Earth Sciences programs and services to help “deepen strategic international cooperation on Earth Sciences and Technology with key organizations on the basis of mutual benefit and reciprocity.”

Focus Countries:

  • United States of America
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • China
  • Japan
  • Korea

Exploratory Science Cooperation

Exploratory Science Cooperation is a policy objective that interacts with the ‘intrinsic’ science oriented objectives and international activity as a means to reach other policy ends. In the past, the drivers of ESS Exploratory Science Cooperation have been to improve Canadian competitiveness, support developing countries, address global societal changes and foster stable diplomatic relationships through science diplomacy.

Focus Countries:

  • United States of America
  • Chile
  • Ukraine
  • Côte D’Ivoire
  • Senegal
  • Tanzania
  • China
  • Thailand