Authors: Eran Kaplinsky, David Percy. A plain-language guide to property rights pertaining to land use in the province of Alberta (current to 2014).
ALI Report 'Alternative Compensation Models for Alberta's Crown Grazing Leases'. Authors: Stacey O'Malley, Alicia Entem, Eran Kaplinsky, and Vic Adamowicz.
Backgrounder and summary document for Alberta Land Institute's report, 'Alternative Models of Compensation on Alberta's Crown Grazing Lease Lands". Addresses the question, "How to compensate grazing leaseholders on public lands when oil and gas projects are approved?".
This report provides a rigorous examination of the background, the potential and the regulatory limitations to using market-based tools in Alberta. It charts a positive course toward the creation of a market in ecosystem service credits. Authors: David W. Poulton, Erin Sawyer,Joanne Cave, Jill Gorr-Winther & Eran S. Kaplinsky.
View the slide deck for Biodiversity Offsets 101: Case Studies & Best Practices for Alberta. This joint webinar hosted with Miistakis Institute was presented in May 2020.
Under the Canadian constitution federal, provincial and territorial governments each have jurisdiction and responsibility for some components of the environment. The federal government, to name just two of the more important categories, has responsibility for coastal and inland fisheries, and for navigable waters. It also has authority over projects spanning between provinces, including many pieces of major transportation infrastructure like railways and pipelines. The provinces, on the other hand, have responsibility for natural resources, for property rights, and local undertakings. This means that each level of government is faced with the task of determining the appropriate mitigation of adverse environmental impacts in particular circumstances. Each therefore has the opportunity to consider the mitigation hierarchy and the use of offsetting for biodiversity. The hierarchy is a common prescription that impacts should first be avoided altogether, and secondly be minimized through a variety of mitigation techniques. Onsite restoration may reverse some impacts as a third measure. Offsetting and compensation are only to be employed to address the residual losses that remain after all these prior steps have been taken. This document has the very limited purpose of enumerating federal, provincial and territorial policies having a significant focus on offsetting for biodiversity. It does not attempt to take into account the voluntary offset measures that development proponents have taken at times, municipal policies and initiatives, Indigenous initiatives, or the ways in which various regulators have applied offsets, either with or without policy guidance. All of these spheres are important and the facts that they are not reviewed here should not be taken to diminish their conservation or policy value.
Final report for the ALI project 'Linking Environmental Goals with Business Risk Management Programs in Canadian Agriculture'. Authors James Rude, Alfons Weersink, Scott Jeffrey, and James Unterschultz.
Focusing on the opportunities and risks associated with irrigated agriculture in the province in the short and long-term, this program sought to identify the relationships between irrigated agriculture and economic, environmental, social, and policy factors. It also sought to identify and assess the impacts of alternative policy options on the irrigation sector in the province over the next 25 years. This work was conducted in several stages. This backgrounder summarizes the Alberta Land Institute paper: "Systems Modeling Sustainable Land and Water Policy in Alberta's Irrigation Sector", which addresses the question, "Do we have the water we need?".
A plain-language backgrounder summarizing some of the findings from the Alberta Land Institute report, 'Alternative Compensation Models for Alberta's Crown Grazing Leases'.