The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has a number of ongoing research projects. Our current research projects are listed below. If you have any questions or feedback we'd love to hear from you. 

Current Research Projects

Natural Heritage Features Mapping Project

Through this project, we are working to understand how natural heritage features are initially identified and mapped and how the natural feature maps are used. Working with a consultant, we conducted interviews with municipal and Conservation Authority planners and GIS staff. This resulted in a draft report identifying issues, challenges, good practice and recommendations to improve the process. We held a stakeholder workshop in April 2016 to discuss the report and examine issues it raised in more detail. The main findings of the report were endorsed at the workshop and additional important issues were raised. The draft report is being amended and will be made available soon.

For more information contact: Tom Bowers,


Greenbelt Natural Capital Accounts

We are excited to be undertaking a new study to value the ecological goods and services provided by the Greenbelts natural and agricultural systems.  Our original report from 2008 was one of the first of its kind and spurred a lot of interest in the field of natural capital accounting. There has been significant progress in the field since 2008 (methodology improvements, more accurate data, more data available) and as the Greenbelt Plan is undergoing a 10 year Review it seemed a good time to update this work. The project is underway and we look forward to the result of the study later this year.

For more information contact: Tom Bowers,

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