September 2015 – The concept of “ecosystem services*” is not a new one, but there are emerging trends that are seeing this concept “mainstreamed” into Ontarian’s way of thinking, and (slowly) into our public policy.
Example #1: On Tuesday September 15, Ducks Unlimited Canada, in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation, announced a new research project to investigate the value of wetlands to help control flooding in southern Ontario. The study will be piloted in the Credit River Watershed and will help demonstrate the impacts of wetland loss on flooding, as well as the return on investment of wetland restoration activities.
Example #2: This article written by Gowlings Canada explores how recent droughts and flooding have underscored the uneven distribution of Canada’s total water riches, and also an emerging recognition that aquatic ecosystems provide useful services to humans. has changed the way we look at water. This “sustainability shift” is affecting Canadian water policy and will have implications for the way individuals and industry can use water resources.
* Ecosystem services are the benefits people obtain from ecosystems. Learn more (from the United Nations Environment Program)