ABOUT THE PROJECT
Strengthening Stewardship Networks in the Lake Simcoe Watershed
Dozens of organizations are working each and every day to protect and restore the health of Lake Simcoe. The farming community, including commodity organizations, agricultural business, and farmers, are working alongside environmental and conservation organizations, and together have produced significant results over the past ten years to build the health of the Lake.
The Strengthening Stewardship Networks In The Lake Simcoe Watershed project focuses on understanding and assessing relationships among these organizations and on finding opportunities to strengthen connections for greater collaboration. The project is grounded in Social Network Analysis (SNA), which applies innovative data visualization tools to map how organizations connect and interact with one another, and to identify opportunities to share information and experiences and to improve coordination and collaboration.
The project was designed to inform the upcoming 10-year public review of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, scheduled for 2019. This review will explore the effectiveness of existing policies in reaching the various objectives under the Plan, including how well environmental stewardship policies and actions have achieved various goals. The long-term success of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan rests on a strong foundation of environmental stewardship within the farm and non-farm communities.