November 26, 2019
Tags: Research

Can Markets Create Healthier Ecosystems?

Harnessing the power of markets for healthier ecosystems Could this be an ideal time for Alberta to support trading in ecosystem services credits? For more than a decade, the Alberta government, landowners and, producers, and other stakeholders have expressed an interest in using market-based instruments (MBIs) to protect and steward the province’s land, air, and water. MBIs are designed to align…

March 14, 2018

ALI launches Land Use Podcast

Alberta Land Institute has launched the Land Use Podcast! You can subscribe with us on iTunes, on Google Play, or follow us on SoundCloud! The Land Use Podcast is home to discussion on a wide range of land use issues affecting public policy here in Alberta and across the world. For landowners, planners, public officials, conservationists, or anyone involved in industry, there will be episodes…

February 13, 2018

Losing the values of prime farmland in Alberta

As Alberta’s cities and major towns grow, so too does their footprint on Alberta’s rural landscapes.  A recent report by the Alberta Land Institute contains new insights into the extent of farmland conversion and fragmentation in the agricultural “white zone” of the province. The report completed by a team of University of Alberta professors, including myself, along with graduate students…

February 9, 2018

New report shows Albertans concerned about loss of high quality agricultural land

EDMONTON, AB (February 13, 2018): A new report from the Alberta Land Institute found that high quality agricultural land in Alberta continues to be fragmented and lost and calls for greater discussion around land use policies to preserve quality agricultural land as Alberta grows. The report was conducted by Dr. Brent Swallow and Dr. Scott Jeffrey from the University of Alberta. It found that most…

January 15, 2018

In conversation with Michael Walters: Local food and agricultural land use

Albertans are increasingly aware of the importance of agricultural land in and around their urban areas. This land provides the food that Albertans enjoy at their grocery stores and local farmers markets. It connects Albertans to the province’s agricultural heritage and beautiful landscapes. And finally, it provides an incredible benefit to Alberta’s economy, both local and provincial. Where these…