July 15, 2016

ALI welcomes new Director: Dave Poulton

The Alberta Land Institute’s objective is to connect research and policy for better land management. With a new addition this summer, the Institute has enhanced its ability to carry out that mission. On June 1, 2016, Dave Poulton joined ALI in the new role of Director. An experienced consultant to organizations, businesses, and governments, Dave possesses a wealth of experience in promoting cross-sectoral…

June 8, 2016

Land Use 2016: Ecosystem Services + Biodiversity Network

The Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Network is a multidisciplinary group working to build the knowledge and capacity required to implement ecosystem services and biodiversity markets in Alberta. It strives to advance knowledge surrounding ecosystem services and biodiversity and the use of market-based approaches to enhance these services. Members include Alberta Innovates, Alberta Biodiversity…

May 6, 2016

Land Use 2016: Student Poster Winners

This week, Land Use 2016 brought together experts from Alberta and around the world to examine the subject of regional planning — how it influences the provision of ecosystem services, agriculture industries, and governance. Some 220 attendees took part in the conference, sharing diverse expertise, participating in informative discussions, and helping identify new research questions which the Alberta…

April 29, 2016

Land Use 2016: Nature's Value to Society - The United Kingdom’s National Ecosystem Assessment

Few countries have attempted a complete assessment of the value of their environment, and the ecosystem services it provides. However, when such work is completed, it can be an extraordinarily powerful tool for decision makers. In 2011, the government of the United Kingdom received the results of the National Ecosystem Assessment (UK-NEA), an unprecedented exercise designed to inform the country’s…

April 22, 2016

Land Use 2016: Governance and Regional Planning for Sustainability

Research and consultation can inform decisions about environmental policy, but when theory must become reality, success or failure is dictated largely by the mechanisms of governance. Across Canada and around the world, different approaches have been pursued in the development of land management policy, each calling for governments at different levels –– national, provincial, regional and municipal…