ESSA began in 1979, building on ideas developed at the University of British Columbia about how to creatively apply science and systems thinking to help tackle complex problems. Today, we continue to bring together people, science and analytical tools to sustain healthy ecosystems and human communities. We envision a world where creativity, systems analysis, and a focus on collaborative learning are the foundation of solutions to environmental challenges.

ESSA Insights

February 7, 2019

The Great Sargassum Disaster of 2018

Sargassum blooms commonly occur and wash up on southern Caribbean beaches, but 2018 was different. The scale of the 2018 event was unprecedented: hundreds of beaches from French Guyana and the Atlantic coast of Trinidad in the south to Mexico and Florida in the north experienced the worst strandings of Sargassum in history.
September 20, 2018

What Role Does Adaptive Management Play in Restoring our Coast?

Restore the Mississippi River Delta and ESSA Technologies, Ltd. recently hosted a workshop for state and federal agencies and others working on the Environmental Impact Statement and adaptive management program for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion.

ESSA News

October 29, 2018

Jamaica National 2017 State of the Environment Report

The Government of Jamaica, through its National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), has embarked on the production of the 7th National State of Environment (SOE) Report. The SOE report will provide Jamaicans a report card on the nation’s environmental performance between 2014 and 2017 and […]
September 18, 2018

Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping Initiative

As part of Canada’s Ocean Protection Plan and through their Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping Initiative, Transport Canada is working collaboratively with Indigenous Peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities to better understand the effects of shipping on coastal environments. One of the outcomes of this […]