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Ecosystem Service Markets and Opportunities for Agriculture in Alberta

Ecosystem Service Markets and Opportunities for Agriculture in Alberta

Submitted by Marian Weber

The Value of Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services are the benefits to humans from healthy functioning ecosystems. Ecosystem services include products such as food, fiber, energy, and clean water that are consumed, as well as climate regulation and water storage that reduce risks to assets, and habitat for fish, wildlife and biodiversity, clean water supplies and wildlife habitat that healthy landscapes and ecosystems provide humans. As land stewards, farmers can take actions that enhance the value of ecosystem services. Some of these actions are a win-win, and increase soil productivity and improve water management. Others come at a cost. Markets for ecosystem services are a way of recognizing the value of healthy ecosystems provided to society and providing incentives to count those values in land management decisions.

Why You Should be Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Your 2016 Business Plan

Many industries enjoy a wide range of benefits from the resources and processes supplied by nature. Forests supply timber and wood fiber, purify rivers and streams, and yield genetic resources. River systems provide freshwater, power, and recreation. Coastal wetlands filter waste, mitigate floods, and serve as nurseries for commercial fisheries.

3 Reasons Why Ecosystem Services are Important to You

Ecosystem Services are the benefits nature provides to human well-being. The term is frequently thrown around in academic circles, but why should you care about them?

Understanding Eco-Fiscal Policy

Canada’s ambitious commitments made during the COP 21 Paris, UN Convention on Climate Change to reduce emissions, have increased the relevance and applicability of Ecofiscal policy. To have meaningful conversations on Ecofiscal policy we first need to understand what it means and why it matters for setting objectives, monitoring, and reporting on progress. The Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Network have reached out to an expert, Dr. Ken Nicol, to build an understanding of Ecofiscal policy, and create some awareness of the importance to ecosystem services.

Discover our Network

The Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Network is excited to announce the launch of our new Website – a site dedicated to sharing the knowledge and science of ecosystem services and biodiversity.