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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.

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.

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