The EcoServices Network has been working with our partners to better understand the opportunity for Indigenous communities to benefit from conservation markets.
Alberta has one of the largest, youngest and fastest-growing Indigenous populations in Canada. Due to the significant and diverse land base, there is opportunity for both First Nations and Metis communities to benefit from the potential economic diversification and growth associated with the use of conservation markets to manage and enhance ecosystem services and biodiversity.
Potential impact area:
Over 250,000 Indigenous people in Alberta have an important role in the social, cultural and economic fabric of the province. Opportunities exist to engage Indigenous communities to participate in conservation markets for the provision of ecosystem services such as:
Targeted engagement to priority areas for Indigenous communities opens pathways for meaningful conversations and active participation in:
Limitations are different for each individual indigenous community and yet again different between the Metis and the First Nations. Challenges to be considered may include the following:
For more information contact:
Paul McLauchlin, Environmental Leadership Matters, 780-995-7339
Melinda McLauchlin, MCA Environmental Management, 780-266-7245