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Municipal Natural Assets: what are they and why should we manage them?

The Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Network hosted a webinar in collaboration with the Municipal Natural Asset Initiative (MNAI), looking at enhancing municipal natural asset management in Canada. In case you missed it, we’ve pulled together some quick facts around what municipal natural assets are, why we should manage them and how the Town of Gibsons, B.C. is a shining example for municipal natural asset management in Canada.

3 Things You Should Know About the ESBN

1. Who We Are

The ESBN is a multidisciplinary group of experts working to build the knowledge and capacity required to implement ecosystem services and biodiversity markets in Alberta. The Network is led by a working group whose partners include Alberta Innovates, Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, Government of Alberta (Environment and Parks), Innotech Alberta, Land Stewardship Centre, and Silvacom. Our coordinated efforts are creating a system of information sharing and collaboration across all sectors, as we work together to create ecosystem services and biodiversity markets in Alberta.

Incorporating Ecosystem Services into the Environmental Assessment Process

The Alberta economy depends heavily on natural resource extraction. These activities can have significant environmental and social impacts on regions in which they operate. The environmental assessment (EA) process has been put in place, both federally and provincially, to protect the interest of stakeholders impacted in these regions. The overarching goal of the process is to ensure the proposed project is in the best interests of the stakeholders. While ecological impacts from proposed projects are easily tracked within the corresponding EA, they don’t necessarily speak to how the project will affect human well-being.

Understanding Preferences and Values for the Natural Environment through Recreational Choices

Understanding Preferences and Values for the Natural Environment through Recreational Choices

The Missing Puzzle Piece: What’s Needed to Encourage Natural Capital Accounting in Alberta?

Private sector uptake of natural capital accounting is on the rise. Competing land uses are putting more pressure on our natural ecosystems, which is causing the private sector to take note and consider how this will affect their bottom line. In Alberta, in an effort to protect our natural resources and spur the green economy, the government has introduced enabling policies to facilitate the use of conservation offsets and mitigation banking.