Wetlands, land use, and policy: Alberta's keystone ecosystem at a crossroads
wetlands, conservation, policy
Worldwide, governments, the private sector, and non-government organizations face the challenge of balancing wetland conservation with promotion of wise use of resources and appropriate associated economic development. Similar challenges exist in Alberta. Over the span of a few decades the province has evolved from no wetland policy to a leader on no-netloss policy and practice. However, as a revised policy is poised to be announced, Alberta may now become a province with potentially diminished wetland protection if replacement of lost wetlands is not considered. As growth continues in the province, Albertans are becoming increasingly concerned about environmental issues, as are those elsewhere in the world. At this juncture, Alberta has the unique opportunity to continue the leadership charge on wetland policy and practice, and can set the precedent for effective and balanced wetland conservation and management in Canada, and elsewhere.
Presented on March 16, 2011 at the Annual Conference of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists in Banff, Alberta.
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