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Phase 2 of the Algar Ecosystem Service Assessment project (ES Phase 2) began back in March of this year. The ES Phase 2 project team consists of representatives from Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI), Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF), Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) and Silvacom. This team have been working together for the past few weeks to develop a strategic work plan and comprehensive terms of reference.

On May 7, these work plans were presented to the project advisory committee at an official initiation launch in the Silvacom offices. The advisory committee consists of government, NGOs and industry, their main role is to provide guidance and support at key benchmarks throughout the project.

Who’s on the Project Advisory Committee?

This project had significant interest following the release of the Phase 1 results, and a number of organizations have since come on board. The complete list for the ES Phase 2 advisory committee is as follows:

  • Alberta Association for Conservation Offsets
  • ABMI
  • ESRD
  • Alberta Innovates – Bio-Solutions
  • Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures
  • Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.
  • Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd.
  • Devon Energy Corp.
  • Alberta Land Use Secretariat
  • Pembina Institute
  • Shell Canada Ltd.
  • Public Stakeholder

Key Highlights:

The ES Phase 2 launch was a chance for all parties to give their opinion on the approaches and objectives laid out in the three year plan. It was a fantastic opportunity to hear from everyone involved and a chance to gain a deeper insight into expected project outcomes.

There was a lot of great feedback and many new resources were discussed. These suggestions will be researched and could possibly be incorporated into the project plan. The project team and project advisory committee will meet again in September, where model revisions and a finalized list of ES to be assessed will be presented.

As the project progresses, Silvacom will post regular updates on the LEAP blog detailing notable highlights.

Read previous ES blogs here:
http://leap.silvacom.com/all-about-the-algar-ecosystem-service-assessment/
http://leap.silvacom.com/accounting-for-natures-benefits-in-alberta-the-algar-case-study/

For more information on the Ecosystem Service Assessment (ESA) in Alberta check out the ABMI website: http://ecosystemservices.abmi.ca/

For more information on what ecosystem services are and why they’re important, watch our award winning video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jw9dPYVT_Y