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Fact Sheet: Some of the Roles in ES Markets

Created Jan. 22, 2019

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We talk a lot about our mission to create ecosystem services and biodiversity markets here in Alberta. We understand the complexity of this work, so we’ve created a fact sheet to break down what market infrastructure is and some of the roles involved in ES and biodiversity markets.

Webinar: Advancing Municipal Natural Asset Management in Canada

Created Jan. 16, 2019

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Presented October 2018, in collaboration with the Municipal Natural Asset Initiative Webinar Recording: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/7864691618638845442

Webinar : What Makes Markets for ES and Green Infrastructure Work?

Created Jan. 16, 2019

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Presented November 2018, in collaboration with UofA's Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences Webinar Recording: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/2237254769169317634

Ecosystem Services Roadmap Proof of Concept

Created Nov. 29, 2018

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A companion document to the Ecosystem Services Roadmap

Conservation Offset Opportunities of Legacy Seismic Lines: Assessing the ecosystem service benefits of linear restoration in the Boreal Forest

Created July 10, 2018

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The final report for Silvacom and Alberta Innovates' project on Assessing the Ecosystem Service Benefits of the COSIA LEAP Program.

Comparing an Offset Framework to Alternative Funding Models: A Linear Restoration Case Study

Created July 10, 2018

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Assessing the Ecosystem Service Benefits of the COSIA LEAP Program Interim Report 2/3

Created July 10, 2018

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ESBN Facilitated Workshops

Created Oct. 12, 2017

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The ESBN held a series of sector-based workshops across Alberta to help support the development of a recognized, comprehensive ecosystem services approach that can be adopted by governments, resource-based industries, landowners and land managers, and conservation organizations. Click the Website button below to view the final report and individual sector workshop summaries.

Assessing the Ecosystem Service Benefits of the COSIA LEAP Program Phase 2: Interim Report 2 of 3

Created June 12, 2017

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This discussion paper reflects the results of the second goal of Phase 2. Goal 1 was met in 2015 with the release of Interim Report 1 of 3 and the development of the 7-Step Selection Criteria Process that links community values directly to ecosystem change and the services that are provided from that change.

Fact Sheet: The Need for ES Assessment

Created Jan. 27, 2017

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Explaining the need for assessments, how the ABMI is addressing this need through the development of the Ecosystem Services Assessment (ESA) and an example of how it is being applied, by assessing beef production impacts on biodiversity.

Fact Sheet: Ecosystem Services Markets

Created Jan. 27, 2017

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A market-based approach for ecosystem services requires knowledge and understanding of how markets for ecosystem services would work. Since 2012, Alberta Innovates has been leading a series of market pilots to understand market drivers, roles and responsibilities of various parties in the market, and how market infrastructure could support ES and biodiversity markets.

Fact Sheet: Introduction to Ecosystem Services

Created Jan. 27, 2017

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What are ecosystem services (ES) and ES markets and why are they important for Alberta?

Assessing the Ecosystem Service Benefits of the COSIA LEAP Program Phase 2: Interim Report 1 of 3

Created Oct. 20, 2016

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This discussion paper reflects the results of the first goal of Phase 2. To meet Goal 1, we have developed criteria for selecting Ecosystem Services (ES) and indicators for assessment, making the process repeatable and transparent through selection criteria templates.

Sharing the Range with Bears and Wolves in Southwestern Alberta

Created July 6, 2016

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Managing the land in southwestern Alberta for biodiversity and provision of ecosystem services is key to the sustainable future of Waterton Biosphere Reserve. Large carnivores are an integral part of the landscape, and an understanding of, and ability to monitor populations of bears and wolves is a critical part of assessing their contribution to and impact on local ecosystems and communities.

Creating Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Markets in Alberta

Created May 17, 2016

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The ESBN is developing knowledge to better understand ecosystem services and how we can best manage the land to get the most value out of those services. This booklet showcases how we have been working toward ecosystem services and biodiversity markets in Alberta, highlighting the lessons we have learned and the work we have accomplished.

Diversity and abundance of native bees in Alberta's prairies

Created Feb. 25, 2016

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Poster on native bee research in Alberta

Brochure: Alberta's Living Laboratory Project

Created Feb. 23, 2016

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This brochure provides an overview of Alberta's Living Laboratory Project, which aims to restore wetlands in Rocky View County, Alberta. The project will use a market-based instrument known as a "reverse auction"and state-of-the-art science to target and restore wetlands on private lands.

Brochure: What is a Wetland?

Created Feb. 23, 2016

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This brochure is aimed at landowners in Rocky View County, Alberta, who may be interested in participating in a wetland restoration program. Since wetlands are known by many terms in the area (e.g., sloughs, potholes) and since wetland benefits were not always well understood, this brochure aims to clarify what wetlands do and why this project would like to restore them.

Brochure: What is a Reverse Auction?

Created Feb. 23, 2016

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This brochure is aimed at landowners in Rocky View County, Alberta, who may be interested in participating in a reverse auction for wetland restoration. The brochure describes the bid submission process for this market-based instrument and the types of considerations landowners may make when participating.

Alberta's Living Laboratory Wetlands Project

Created Feb. 17, 2016

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Currently in progress, the Alberta's Living Laboratory Wetlands project examines the new Alberta Wetland Policy, and tests the use of a market-based instrument (a reverse auction) in meeting the restoration requirements of the policy. The reverse auction will take place in 2016.

Assessing the Ecosystem Service Benefits of the Algar LEAP Project - Phase 1 Report

Created Jan. 6, 2016

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Phase 1 of ‘Assessing the ES Benefits of the Algar LEAP Project’ (ES Phase 1) was a pilot project that attempted to answer a few important land restoration questions, including: What are the outcomes for ES associated with land restoration? What are the benefits and costs? Will land restoration play a key role in Alberta’s conservation offsets market? Read the Phase 1 report here.

Market Based Instruments

Created Dec. 15, 2015

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Market-based Instruments (MBIs) represent the basket of policies which can be developed and implemented by government to incorporate ecosystem degradation into the day to day decisions of resource users. When resources such as land, air and water are not properly or fully priced in the actions of the marketplace they tend to be over used or abused. Content Provided by Dr. Ken Nicol

Ecofiscal Policy

Created Dec. 15, 2015

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Ecofiscal policies corrects market price signals to encourage the economic activities we do want (job creation, investment, and innovation) while reducing those we don’t want (greenhouse gas emissions and the degradation of our land, air and water quality). Content provided by: Dr. Ken Nicol

Ecosystem Service Selection Criteria

Created Nov. 26, 2015

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The selection criteria template was created to assess the applicability of the ecosystem service (ES) and the indicator chosen for the case study area. The template links stakeholder values to ES, and those ES are in turn linked to indicators (demand and supply) that can show a measurable change over time.

STACKING OF MULTIPLE ENVIRONMENTAL CREDITS: AN ALBERTA DISCUSSION PAPER by David W. Poulton for Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

Created Nov. 24, 2015

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This discussion paper was developed for Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions as part of its Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity line of business to help inform government policy development and decision making.

Towards a Market-Based Approach for Ecosystem Services in Alberta - A Report Prepared for the IAFE (Pembina Institute, March 2010)

Created Nov. 24, 2015

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This document was prepared exclusively as information for the Board of the Institute for Agriculture, Forestry and the Environment (IAFE). The Pembina Institute is a national non-profit think tank that advances sustainable energy solutions through research, education, consulting and advocacy.

Ecosystem Services Market System - Guide to Implementation (IAFE March 2010).

Created Nov. 24, 2015

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This document is a companion to the RECOMMENDED Ecosystem Services Policy Framework developed by the IAFE and submitted to the Government of Alberta in March 2010. It was requested by the Cabinet Planning Committee to provide guidance to the government in shifting to a market based system.

Ecosystem Services Market Policy Framework: Integrated Solutions for Greening Alberta’s Growth (IAFE)

Created Nov. 24, 2015

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This RECOMMENDED Ecosystem Services Market Policy Framework was developed over a two year period by the Institute for Agriculture, Forestry and the Environment (IAFE) in response to the Government's desire for an integrated policy approach that achieves environmental outcomes; improves industry competitiveness; and expands business opportunities and investment, in Alberta’s resource based sectors.

Institute for Agriculture, Forestry and the Environment (IAFE) Compendium of Resources

Created Nov. 24, 2015

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This document provides a compendium of resources used to inform the IAFE Board in delivering on its mandate.

Lessons Learned in Alberta’s  Carbon Market (Climate Change Central) - Report prepared for the IAFE

Created Nov. 23, 2015

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This paper provided key insights into how an adaptive management  framework known as the Carbon Market  in Alberta  played out   and what improvements were planned  based  on early learnings. The GHG Regulatory Framework in Alberta was the first of its kind in North  America at the time of writing, and considered a pilot for many other carbon trading initiatives  across the continent

Ecosystem Assessment for Ecosystem Services Markets in Alberta (Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Program)

Created Nov. 23, 2015

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Markets need certainty and clarity about what is being bought. This knowledge must be efficiently obtained to maintain value in the market. This report describes an approach for assessing ecosystem services to support the IAFE's Ecosystem Services Market Policy Framework.

Agriculture Industry Proof of Concept - Report prepared for the Institute for Agriculture Forestry and the Environment

Created Nov. 23, 2015

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The IAFE developed a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) for the Alberta agriculture industry focused on determining where the industry is located (relative to policy, economic, and cultural/social drivers) in relation to a market approach to Ecosystem Services (ES) in agriculture for Alberta.

Alberta Forest Industry Proof of Concept - Report prepared for the Institute for Agriculture Forestry and the Environment

Created Nov. 23, 2015

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The need for attention to green growth arises from pressures on Alberta’s environment and natural resources. Public attention on environmental impacts and demands from domestic and international consumers is compelling industries and government to respond. The forest industry has been identified as having a significant role in achieving environmental outcomes as a large land manager in Alberta.

Global Ecosystem Markets Overview (Deloitte, March 2009)

Created Nov. 23, 2015

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Deloitte was engaged by the Institute for Agriculture, Forestry and the Environment (IAFE) to conduct an assessment of global environmental markets to identify leading practices and opportunities for Alberta‘s agriculture and forestry sectors. Deloitte coordinated the research and the results of this assessment are presented in this report.

International Think Tank on Market Based Instruments to Preserve, Support and Enhance Ecosystem Services (Summary Report March 2009)

Created Nov. 23, 2015

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The IAFE brought together a number of the world's leading thinkers on market based instruments for managing ecosystem services to share their expertise and provide guidance and advise. The goal of the Think Tank was to catalyze the development of a well informed market based policy framework for provision of ecosystem services.

Institute for Agriculture, Forestry and the Environment Reference Report

Created Nov. 23, 2015

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The Institute (IAFE) was established in 2008 to provide an Ecosystem Services Market Policy Framework, ensuring Alberta’s resource industries remain vibrant and attract new investment through an integrated policy approach and enable Alberta to become globally branded and recognized for its innovation and excellence in ecosystem management.

Institute for Agriculture, Forestry and the Environment (2008-2010)

Created Nov. 23, 2015

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The Institute for Agriculture, Forestry and the Environment (IAFE), created by the Alberta Government in January 2008 to lead in the development of market-based options to green Alberta’s renewable resource industries. A policy framework for Ecosystem Services Market, a reference report, and implementation plan were submitted to the Government of Alberta in March 2010.

Ecosystem Services Assessment Project

Created Nov. 20, 2015

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The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) has started to map, measure, and value several ecosystem services across Alberta.

Opportunities to Move Forward with Conservation Offsets in Alberta

Created Nov. 20, 2015

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The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) requested the development of this white paper to look at barriers and opportunities to move forward with the use of conservation offsets in Alberta. Submitted by Morris Seiferling BSc, MBA, PAg, IAP2. May 2015

Ecosystem Services And Indicators Selection Process

Created Nov. 13, 2015

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The Ecosystem Services and Indicators Selection Process is a repeatable, transferable exercise for the identification and selection of appropriate ecosystem services (ES) and indicators for an ES assessment project. It is a step-by-step process flowing from site identification through selection of ES indicators for assessment.

Ecosystem Services Roadmap (Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions)

Created Nov. 10, 2015

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Working from the research foundation created by the Institute for Agriculture, Forestry and the Environment, Alberta Innovates developed the Ecosystem Services Roadmap. This document provided the strategic direction for the system required to successfully move forward with the use of market based instruments for the provision of non market ecosystem services and biodiversity.

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