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.

The Natural Capital Protocol: Why You Should Care About Its Release

What Is the Protocol?

Understanding Knowledge and Communication Needs: Summary of Stakeholder Survey Results

In May 2016, The ESBN conducted a survey to understand how our stakeholders rate their current knowledge of ecosystem services and biodiversity concepts and their awareness of the ESBN. The goal of the survey was to determine the most effective means of engagement and communication, and to establish a baseline against which we can judge the success of the engagement project over time.