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Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Science Symposium

Sep 16 2015 - 8:00am - 1:00pm

You’re invited to join the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) and our collaborators for a Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Science Symposium! ABMI’s Ecosystem Services Assessment project is assessing and mapping ecosystem services across the province of Alberta to better understand how management and land use decision affect the provision of ecosystem services in the province. We invite you to attend an engaging series of presentations from experts in the field, showcasing the state of the science of ecosystem services, and offering opportunity for discussion with researchers and practitioners.

Who should attend?

  • Faculty, graduate students, and researchers in the environmental and social sciences at universities, government, industry, and non-government organizations
  • Policymakers, land use planners and managers at all levels of government – federal, provincial, municipal and urban
  • Field staff, coordinators, and organizers from conservation and stewardship organizations
  • Industry managers and policy advisors with environmental responsibilities in agriculture, forestry, energy and other natural resource sectors.

Some of the benefits provided by nature have a clear, recognized, and well-understood economic value (e.g., food and timber production), while others don’t (e.g., water purification, recreation). Continued provision of ecosystem services (especially those lacking clear economic value) and biodiversity in a growing province like Alberta is a big challenge for environmental managers and decision makers. While regulatory approaches will continue to be an important part of Alberta’s environmental management system, market approaches can also promote actions such as restoration and protection, conservation and stewardship. Market approaches can also provide economic incentives to avoid or minimize the loss of ecosystem services and biodiversity caused by development. Both regulatory and market approaches need reliable knowledge of where ecosystem services are provided, who benefits, and how they are affected by people and ecological processes.

Sound straightforward? It’s not. Check out the recent Special Feature in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – while researchers and practitioners from around the world are making great progress, there’s much to learn.

We’ve convened several experts to present and discuss the science of ecosystem services, the challenges of applying it, and the opportunities to accelerate progress in Alberta.

Please register before August 31, 2015 here.

Your host

The Ecosystem Services Assessment Project led by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, is a collaborative effort to assess and map ecosystem services across Alberta, to better understand how planning and management decisions affect the benefits people receive from nature. The project is part of the Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Network.

For more information

  • Carrie Selin
    ABMI Ecosystem Services Assessment Project
    780.913.7292, carrie [dot] selin [at] gmail [dot] com

Location

Wildrose Room
Lister Conference Centre (University of Alberta)
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H6

Posted August 14, 2015 by AEN

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