1. Introduction

The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) is conducting a national research study to seek the perspectives of diverse stakeholders into what a Green Economy could mean for Canada, including how these stakeholders and other parties can contribute to the international dialogue that will take place at Rio+20 – the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to be held in 2012.

One of the main themes of the Rio+20 UN conference will be “a Green Economy in the Context of Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development”. For the purposes of Rio+20, there is a consensus among Member States that a Green Economy must be considered in the context of sustainable development and so equitably entail environmental, social, and economic dimensions. If you are interested please download CIELAP's Background Document on the issue.

CIELAP's completed research report, which will be finalized by February 21st, 2011, will help inform national understandings and positions related to this upcoming Rio+20 conference.

CIELAP is looking to gather contact information from those who participate in this study. This will allow us to follow up with you if we have further questions about your input, send you the results of our research and, in some cases, attribute your comments in our study. You may provide your name or choose to remain anonymous.

You will have the opportunity at the end of the survey to choose whether we can contact you, send you the results of the study, and if we can reference your comments. If you provide your name, please also include whether you are answering on behalf of an organization, department or agency that you represent.

Thank you for contributing to this important conversation.