An evaluation of Alberta's Inter-Municipal Collaborative Framework initiative relative to wildfire risk and Principles of Good Governance

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Adebayo, Hafsat Adenike
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Geography and Environment
With the continued increase in wildfire incidents, the last few decades in Canada have seen increased costs related to wildfires, and different levels of government and agencies are beginning to see the need for a more collaborative approach to wildfire management. This research evaluates the existing collaborative framework and capacity on wildfire handling across mitigation, emergency response, and post-event recovery between municipalities in Alberta. The study relied on the analysis of 26 completed Inter-Municipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICF) and 15 Inter-municipal Emergency Services Agreements (IESA) in Alberta. Based on these documents' content analysis, the study revealed a long-existing history of collaboration among municipalities, indicating appreciation for inter-municipal collaboration. It also reveals a well-articulated system regarding collaborative instruments for emergency responses compared to the other domains of wildfire examined. Overall, the study indicated a strong existing collaborative structure and capacity as collaborative instruments show high conformity with the Principle of Good Governance.
wildfire management , Alberta municipality collaboration , inter-municipal collaboration , wildfire mitigation , wildfire response , wildfire recovery , emergency response , Priciples of Good Governance , Wildfires--Alberta--Management , Wildfires--Alberta--Prevention and control , Forest fires--Alberta--Prevention and control , Forest fires--Alberta--Prevention--Planning , Intergovernmental cooperation--Alberta , Fire management--Alberta , Hazard mitigation--Alberta--Planning , Emergency management--Alberta , Group problem solving , Dissertations, Academic