Posted by: Elisa Valade 1 month, 2 weeks ago
For many people it can be difficult to understand the concept of putting a price on nature. In fact, many even considered it wrong to put a dollar value on something that it is inherently priceless. But we are seeing a shift in this thinking as the concept of natural capital helps us to understand the valuation of the many benefits we receive from nature.
Posted by: Elisa Valade 5 months, 1 week ago
Grey Infrastructure continues to have its place in a community to ensure the good quality of drinking water and to manage the treatment of high volumes of water. However, we are beginning to see a shift to more-nature based solutions because of the multiple benefits they offer to a community. In fact, “the ability of these practices to deliver multiple ecological, economic and social benefits or services has made green infrastructure an increasingly popular strategy in recent years.” (http://www.cnt.org/sites/default/files/publications/CNT_Value-of-Green-Infrastructure.pdf)
Posted by: Elisa Valade 8 months ago
Grassland Conservation Markets
Over the last Century, the native prairie grassland ecosystem of Alberta’s South Saskatchewan Region has been transformed by agriculture and land development. Conservation markets are an effective tool that brings ranchers, farmers, conservation groups, land developers and industry together to develop revenue streams from the different ecosystem services that grassland conservation provides, such as water quality, carbon storage and wildlife habitat. In this system, land owners are rewarded for their voluntary activities that support healthy grassland ecosystems in Alberta.
Posted by: Elisa Valade 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Canadian forests are a source of significant beauty, resources and biodiversity, and we are fortunate that our Country is dominated by this rich landscape. In fact, according to Nature Conservancy of Canada, “More than 1/3 of Canadian land-base is covered with trees, and forests occur in every province and territory” (Putting a Value on Ecosystem Services Provided by Forests, Nature Conservancy of Canada, 2017). Aside from providing us with the wood and paper products that we use on a day-to-day basis, these forests provide a large range of ecosystem services that support surrounding communities, and the well-being of Canadians as a whole.
Posted by: Elisa Valade 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Written By Guest Blogger: Paul McLauchlin, Reeve for Ponoka County and professional Biologist