Since 2010, ESBN partners have developed a series of research-based projecs, pilots and proofs of concept. This work is helping build knowledge and capacity in ecosystem services and biodviersity markets across the Province.

Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chairs

Two biodiversity conservation chairs were established to provide dedicated science capacity to link monitoring outcomes with policy outcomes and strategic planning.

Algar Ecosystem Services Assessment 

This proof of concept assessed the potential for conservation offsets to be a driver in land reclamation and restoration, and devised frameworks for assessing ecosystem services and biodiversity benefits from linear restortion of legacy seismic lines. 

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Bears, Wolves, and Ecosystem Health

Ecosystem-scale monitoring of population trends in grizzly bears and wolves in southwestern Alberta. There are two distinct initiatives: the Southwest Alberta Grizzly Bear Monitoring Project and the Wolf Population Monitoring Framework in Southwest Alberta.

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Bio Resource Information Management System (BRIMS)

BRIMS is a publicly available web-based application that integrates data from multiple sources to map forestry, agriculture and municipal solid waste. Through BRIMS, users are able to access information about natural resources, ecosystem services and land use, and search based on their interests.

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Creating and Commercializing Predictive Ecosite Classification Platform for Alberta

Enabling ecosite classfication information to be created in Alberta, through a predictive, consistent ecosite classification platform.

Developing Priorities for Ecosystem Services Marketplace Infrastructure in Alberta

A series of workshops held to engage ecosystem services stakeholders in discussions regarding the opportunities for developing ecosystem services and biodiversity market infrastructure and commercialization.

Diffusion of Innovation - Engagement and Outreach

Facilitating a system for information sharing, alignment and co-investment among a multi-stakeholder network of experts.

Ecosystem Services Assessment

Assessing the supply of ecosystem services across Alberta, The ABMI is using spatially explicit or location-specific models to calculate the supply and value of each service.

Evaluating Mechanisms for Wetland Restoration and Retention in Alberta

Exploring an innovative, market-based approach to wetland restoration through a living laboratory, allowing for unprecedented restoration efforts in Alberta. Using reverse auctions, in which landowners submit bids for wetland restoration work on their property.

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Incorprating Ecosystem Services into Environmental Impact Assessments - An Alberta Perspective

The goal of this project is to compare and contrast the differences between federal and provincial EIA procedures with an ESA. This will be an important step to address where both assessments naturally fit together and where an ESA will potentially affect scope of an EIA. It will also identify any gaps in the stakeholder engagement commitments outlined in an EIA, and leverage the 7-step process (developed as part of the Algar project) to better include impacted communities into the process. Lastly, it will identify additional ES that were unintentionally overlooked throughout the EIA process of a previously approved application. 

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Market-Based Instruments Program Repository and Offsets White Paper

Creating common information repository to understand the extent and design of market-based instruments practices in Canada. The white paper conducted a scan of how pre-compliance offsets are handled in other jurisdictions and applying lessons learned to the Alberta context.

Outreach Sessions

a series of six outreach sessions, each targeting a key sector: Municipalities, forestry industry, agriculture industry, environmental non-government organizations, and the Government of Alberta. Sessions were held to gain valuable feedback from the target sector to support the development of an ecosystem services approach.

Towards Integrated Source Water Management in Alberta

Addressing knowledge gaps related to the impacts of forest management through harvesting on water, and comparing these impacts to those associated with wildfires.

Using Decomposition Rates and Microbial Activity to Understand Grazing Impacts on Nutrient Cycling and Carbon Sequestration on Alberta Rangelangs

Quantifying the influence of regulatory mechanisms capable of altering decomposition and nutrient cycling by soil microbes. Providing a basic understanding of how grazing can alter grassland carbon stores and, in turn, providing insight into how managers can optimize carbon storage.

Voluntary Market Pilots and Prototype for Exchange

Developing scalable metrics to measure and report on the performance of Alberta private and public sector investments in the environment; a database (the clearinghouse) to facilitate transfer and severance of environmental liabilities and risk between companies; and an exchange platform.