Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio)
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Growing prosperity in Alberta's agriculture, food and forestry sectors
Ecosystem Services

Developing excellence in environmental innovation

Ecosystem services are the benefits that people obtain from ecosystems. This includes such things as air filtration, water filtration, fresh water, energy, food, fibre production and recreation. These services are enhanced through the choices society makes regarding land use and management.

The development of solutions to the environmental problems is an opportunity for Alberta to position itself as a global leader. Therefore, focusing on developing environmental solutions and on enhancing ecosystems is a strategic area of priority for AI Bio since it assists the Alberta Government in:

  • Achieving its objective to "green growth" and improve environmental outcomes,
  • Providing a basis to support economic diversifications,
  • Enhancing competitiveness opportunities for agriculture and forestry, and other managers of natural resources, and
  • Branding Alberta as the leader in environmental management.

Click here for a video illustrating ecosystem services    
 

AI Bio's Projects, Programs and Initiatives

Ecosystem Services Roadmap (2012)

The Roadmap provides the strategic direction for areas requiring innovation relating to the enhancement of ecosystem
services and the application of market-based approaches to strengthen the competitiveness of resource‐based sectors
through environmental excellence.

ES Roadmap Report (2012)

Executive Summary

Ecosystem Services Proof of Concept (2014) 

In this document we are using proof of concept (POC) to describe the system required to implement an ES approach to resource management. This includes ES assessment (ESA), ES market infrastructure and other planning and policy support tools. The POC includes, but is not limited to, pilot studies to test market-­‐based instruments (MBIs) on a smaller scale, discussion papers, frameworks and options to support decision-­‐making, policy development, and recommended protocols and approaches. 

ES Proof of Concept Report (2014) 


Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute - Ecosystem Services Assessment (ABMI)

The environment offers many natural services that are provisioning (example: food, fibre, fuel, water), regulating (example: water and air filtration, flood regulation) and cultural (example: nature recreation, wildlife viewing). By improving systems for measuring ecosystem services, we will better understand the impacts of development. ABMI has partnered with specialists to establish credible systems for measuring ecosystem service supply and demand. 

Click here to visit the ABMI website    

 

Wetlands Research Project (Alberta Land Institute)

On February 24, 2015, the Alberta Land Institute launched the "Alberta's Living Laboratory - Wetlands Project" in partnership with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions and other funders. Working with private land owners, the project aims to better understand wetland restoration and their contribution to watersheds such as flood mitigation and water purification.  The project's multi-disciplinary research team will also address the practical question of compensation for land owners who agree to restore wetlands on their land. Because the test wetlands will be designed and installed in a scientific manner, the restored wetlands will become living laboratories, allowing a wide array of research for years to come. 

March 10, 2015

Story 

University of Alberta will use market mechanisms to restore wetlands (Edmonton Journal)

February 24, 2015

Story 

Wetland restoration project looks at social and economic costs and benefits (University of Alberta)

February 24, 2015

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Can We Restore Your Wetland? (Alberta Land Institute)

February 24, 2015

Backgrounder

How Can We Restore Your Wetlands?

February 24, 2015

News Release

Science and Economics Mix With Water in New Wetlands Research Project

 

Bio-Resource Information Management System (BRIMS)

In 2012, AI Bio, Silvacom, and Green Analytics (part of the Silvacom Group) began working on the Bio-Resource Information System (BRIMS). BRIMS is a system that collates data and information on the biomass, carbon, water and wetland resources of Alberta, which will help to inform integrated management decisions throughout the province.

BRIMS update "How we are Helping Advance the BioEconomy in Alberta" (by Silvacom) - Feb 2015

BRIMS Information Bulletin (by Silvacom) - June 2014

BRIMS Information Bulletin (by Silvacom) - Jan 29, 2013

BRIMS Case Study (Silvacom website)    

Project Summary (by Green Analytics) - Aug 2012

 


Biological GHG Management Program

Partnering with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation launched the Biological GHG Management Program in May 2012 fulfilling part of CCEMC's mandate of achieving reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and assisting Albertans in adapting to climate change. This program offers support for projects that will discover, develop and deploy technologies and strategies and demonstrate cost-effective ways and means to help meet Alberta's climate change strategy goal of reducing net emissions from the province by 50 Mt CO2e/yr by 2020. Read launch news release. Read the backgrounder.



Last updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2015