2017 Valuing Natural Capital Workshop
On March 29, 2017, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation hosted a workshop in partnership with the Natural Capital Lab and Ontario Network for Ecosystem Services. Held at Country Heritage Park in Milton, the workshop attracted a wide range of municipal staff, conservation authorities and other stakeholders from across the GGH.
The goals for the workshop were twofold; to communicate the breadth (101 unique services) and value ($3.2 billion) of ecosystem services that flow from Ontario's Greenbelt, and to explore how natural capital accounting can be used as a tool to inform decision making and improve environmental outcomes in a range of contexts. The workshop confirmed there is strong demand for natural capital valuations, and a desire to use them in different ways.
Download six presentations from our workshop on natural capital valuation, including:
- Valuation framework and results from "Ontario's Good Fortune";
- Lessons from Peel and Oakville pilot projects in the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative;
- An update on the development of provincial accounts; and
- A tactical analysis of how best to use natural capital accounting.
2016 Edge Planning Workshop
On October 18, 2016, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation co-hosted a workshop with the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance at Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in Niagara Region. The purpose of the workshop was to educate stakeholders from across the region about the tools and management strategies used to resolve conflicts between adjacent urban and agricultural land uses. The workshop also featured group discussions regarding best management practices for handling the urban and rural interface. The day conclude with two farm visits to Schenck Farms & Greenhouses and 13th Street Winery.
Download the presentations from our workshop on edge planning, including:
- Common issues before the Ontario’s Normal Farm Practices Protection Board;
- Edge Planning lessons from British Columbia;
- Peel Region’s perspective on the changing nature of urban-rural edges; and
- Insights about the kind of policy approaches needed going forward.