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The Role of Science in Creating Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Markets

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Lister Centre

11613 87 Ave NW

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Edmonton, AB T6G 2H6

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Ecosystem services and biodiversity (ESB) markets are a novel approach to achieve conservation and environmental goals. ESB markets provide new business opportunities or income streams, for example, agricultural producers could sell improved water quality, or pollination services.

Different regions in Alberta are undergoing rapid change related to urban development, energy, agriculture, forestry and transportation. Science is needed to assess current and future changes in human footprint and their consequences on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

This symposium explores the interface between science and policy that will enable the creation of markets for ecosystem services and biodiversity.

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The Science symposium is organized by Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Network (ESBN) in collaboration with Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI). ESBN is a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders working collectively to develop the knowledge and capacity required to implement ecosystem services and biodiversity markets in Alberta. The ABMI had led the development of science, data and assessment to support ESB markets in Alberta.

The ES Science Symposium is funded by Alberta Innovates.

For more information: Carrie Selin, ABMI 780-913-7292 or carrie.selin@gmail.com


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9:00 Welcome: Symposium Moderator

9:10 Keynote Address: Role of Science in Creating Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Markets - Dr. Irena Creed

10:00 Keynote: Design Challenges in Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity, where to from here – Dr. Marian Weber

10:30 Health Break

10:45 Metrics, Protocols and Standards (Panel Discussion)

Moderator: TBD

Quantifying landscape permeability and biodiversity – Helene Wagner & Hossam Abdel Moniem, University of Toronto

Supply of Carbon-Related ES in Rangelands – Understanding baselines and market opportunities – Majid Iravani, ABMI

Grassland Conservation by grazing management, GHG reduction and Carbon Offsets – Cameron Carlyle, University of Alberta

Measuring Recreational Services – Marcus Becker, ABMI

12:00 Lunch provided

1:00 Information and Decision Support tools (Panel Discussion)

Moderator: TBD

Monitoring the state of biodiversity and human footprint - Jahan Kariyeva, ABMI

Assessing ES provision from beef production – Sarah Pogue, AAFC

Predicting Water-related risks and opportunities for Alberta’s Wetlands – Monireh Faramarzi, University of Alberta

Does Grizzly Bear Habitat Quality Reflect Biodiversity and the Provision of Ecosystem Services in Alberta? - Majid Iravani, ABMI

Using integrated ES Models to inform land-use decisions – Tom Habib

Avoiding Information Overload: The Importance of Information Management Systems - Toni Anderson, Silvacom

2:45 Concluding Remarks


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