OIL AND GAS

FOOD AND FIBRE

ENVIRONMENT

Health

 

HEALTH

RESEARCH AND
POST-SECONDARY
PROGRAMS

TECHNOLOGY
COMMERCIALIZATION
SERVICES AND FUNDING

OUR TEAMS

PARTNERSHIPS

Planning and Environmental Economics

Latest News

  • Waste energy at industrial sites could heat 15,200 homes

    The study revealed a significant amount An energy-mapping study, conducted over the course of one year, is the first of its kind in Canada, bringing together AITF and other partners to investigate whether waste energy in industrial areas could be captured and repurposed for other uses...


  • Alberta Primetime features new tools for conservation

    Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures Senior Researcher and Environmental Economist Marian Weber was interviewed on CTV’s Alberta Primetime as part of a panel on how conservation offsets support protection of land, water and air. Watch the segment and learn more about how conservation offsets are being implemented in Alberta...

  • Innovative economic incentives to land conservation

    Supply-and-demand forces in the real estate market are being harnessed as a land conservation strategy in Alberta. Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures is developing a system of economic incentives to conserve the unique wetlands and forests of the Beaver Hills Cooking Lake Moraine, east of Edmonton...

Overview

Historically, natural resource management systems have ignored the importance of non-market benefits resulting from natural capital.  Natural capital provides a number of beneficial ecological services such as stabilization of soils and weathers, watershed maintenance, greenhouse gas mitigation, assimilation of wastes, and scenic amenities. New tools are required that incorporate the non-market values of ecological services in natural resource management.

Tech Futures advises stakeholders and decision-makers on environmental policy and developing customized tools to evaluate management and policy options for land and water. Areas of expertise include:
  • Developing and testing incentive-based policy tools for land and water management
  • Incorporating social and economic indicators in resource planning models
  • Trade-off analysis
  • Participatory approaches to resource management
Tech Futures works with a range of academic, government, industry, and non-government organizations to meet your research needs.

Project Areas

Tech Futures works collaboratively to develop customized tools to explore resource management options and policy; providing services to the agriculture, forestry, water and environmental sectors. Areas of research focus on: 

  • Market-based instruments
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Modeling and land management
  • Water
  • Incentives for conservation in Alberta's boreal forest

On December 1, 2010, Tech Futures' Environmental Policy Research group held a workshop on Transferable Development Credits - A Pilot Program in the Beaver Hills Initiative Area: Design Issues in TDC Programs. Materials from the workshop are available here.


For more information, contact:

Marian Weber
Researcher
Ecosystem Management
780.450.5193
marian.weber@albertainnovates.ca

Craig Aumann
Researcher
Ecosystem Management
780.450.5260
craig.aumann@albertainnovates.ca

Scott Heckbert
Researcher
Ecosystem Management
780.450.5548
scott.heckbert@albertainnovates.ca