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Apply Now for Food Farming and Forestry Challenge Funding

Emissions Reduction Alberta’s $40 million Food, Farming and Forestry Challenge is now accepting applications. This funding opportunity will accelerate innovation in support of long-term competitiveness and stimulate growth in the critically important agriculture, agri-food, fibre, and forestry sectors. It provides near-term capital to innovators in these critical Alberta industries, while also identifying opportunities and solutions for longer term economic recovery, investment attraction, job creation, and emissions reduction.

EcoServices Network Engagement Workshop Summary

On February 25, 2020, the EcoServices Network (ESN) hosted a one-day workshop in Nisku to engage and update conservation market stakeholders on activities and progress of the ESN.

Network Partner Spotlight: Silvacom

EcoServices Network (ESN) is a multi-disciplinary group of stakeholders that works collectively to build the knowledge and capacity needed to advance conservation markets, putting Alberta in the forefront of economic diversification, environmental excellence and sustainable development. A core partner of and contributor to the ESN since 2012 is Silvacom which brings over 35 years of innovation and expertise in natural resource management to the Network.

Why an Ecosystem Services Approach is Important for Businesses

The concepts of ecosystem services and conservation markets are becoming more and more popular among the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGO). Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) is a great example of an NGO working with farmers to produce ecosystem services by paying for best management practices. Businesses are starting to understand how balancing economic with environmental objectives and can be beneficial not only for the environment that they depend upon, but for the new business opportunities it can open up.

Network Partner Spotlight: Alberta Land Institute

The Alberta Land Institute (ALI) is an independent research institute founded at the University of Alberta. The institute promotes research to inform public debate and decision-making in the province of Alberta, ultimately helping Alberta make better land use decisions.