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Nature on the Edge: Natural Capital and Ontario's growing Golden Horseshoe

February 7, 2013
Nature on the Edge: Natural Capital and Ontario's growing Golden Horseshoe
A patchwork of remaining farmland and green space in Ontario's rapidly growing Golden Horseshoe region provides millions of dollars in services and benefits, according to a David Suzuki Foundation study. The report examines the Whitebelt Study Area, more than 94,000 hectares of unprotected farmland, fields and forests in the municipalities...

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Natural Capital in Rouge National Park

September 12, 2012
Natural Capital in Rouge National Park
This report provides the first-ever estimate of the economic value of ecosystem services provided by Canada's future Rouge National Park and its surrounding watersheds. Using valuation techniques from the field of natural capital economics, the report estimates that the Rouge region's rich tapestry of natural, agricultural and cultural assets provide...

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Carbon in the bank: Ontario's Greenbelt and its role in mitigating climate change

August 9, 2012
Carbon in the bank: Ontario's Greenbelt and its role in mitigating climate change
This report is the sixth in a series that studies natural capital and ecosystem services in Canada's major urban centres. It highlights the important role that the Ontario Greenbelt's forests, wetlands, and agricultural soils play in capturing and storing vast amounts of carbon. A principle goal of the report is...

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Watersheds of the Ontario Greenbelt: Policy options to preserve, protect, and restore the watersheds of the Greenbelt

May 29, 2012
Watersheds of the Ontario Greenbelt: Policy options to preserve, protect, and restore the watersheds of the Greenbelt
This report, Watersheds of the Ontario Greenbelt: Policy Options for Preservation, Protection and Restoration, focuses on four key watershed services that residents of Ontario depend on at a local level: water filtration, waste treatment, flow regulation and flood and erosion control. The report examines these natural ecosystem services — services...

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Natural Capital in BC's Lower Mainland: Valuing the benefits from nature

October 27, 2010
Natural Capital in BC's Lower Mainland: Valuing the benefits from nature
This report examines the extent of natural capital - forests, fields, wetlands and waterways - in BC's Lower Mainland region and estimates non-market economic values for some of the benefits these ecosystems provide. The intent of the report is to provide a preliminary assessment of these ecosystem service benefits to...

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Lake Simcoe Basin's Natural Capital: The Value of the Watershed's Ecosystem Services

June 5, 2008
Lake Simcoe Basin's Natural Capital: The Value of the Watershed's Ecosystem Services
This study quantifies the value of ecosystem goods and services provided by Ontario's Lake Simcoe watershed. At a minimum these benefits are estimated to be worth more than $975 million per year. The report is a collaboration between the David Suzuki Foundation, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the...

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The Water We Drink: An International Comparison of Drinking Water Quality Standards and Guidelines

November 11, 2006
The Water We Drink: An International Comparison of Drinking Water Quality Standards and Guidelines

As part of the Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians series, this 34-page report compares Canada's water quality guidelines with corresponding frameworks in the U.S., the European Union, and Australia, as well as guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization.

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The Maple Leaf in the OECD: Comparing Progress toward Sustainability

October 18, 2005
The Maple Leaf in the OECD: Comparing Progress toward Sustainability

This 44-page report, published in 2005, finds that Canada is among the weakest environmental performers (28th out of 30) in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Transmission dynamics of parasitic sea lice from farm to wild salmon

March 29, 2005
Transmission dynamics of parasitic sea lice from farm to wild salmon

This peer-reviewed report looks at lice infestations on wild juvenile pink and chum salmon as they migrated past an isolated salmon farm down a long and narrow migration corridor in the Broughton Archipelago, BC.

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Possible Factors Contributing to the Low Productivity of the 2000 Brood Year Pink Salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) in the Broughton Archipelago, B.C. Canada

January 27, 2004

Pink salmon that migrate through the Broughton Archipelago of British Columbia, both as adults and juveniles, had a very poor return in 2002. The objective of this report is to review the possible factors contributing to the low productivity of the 2000 brood year pink salmon.

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Is there a Bottom Line in the Wild Salmon — Farmed Salmon Debate?: A Technical Opinion

March 9, 2003
Is there a Bottom Line in the Wild Salmon - Farmed Salmon Debate?: A Technical Opinion

This paper reviews the history of salmon farming in British Columbia and examines the major concerns that have led scientists and conservationists to question how the industry is regulated on Canada's West Coast.

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Salmon Farms and Sea Lice: A Baseline Report of the Incidence of Sea Lice on Juvenile Salmonids on British Columbia's North Coast

February 7, 2003
Salmon Farms and Sea Lice: A Baseline Report of the Incidence of Sea Lice on Juvenile Salmonids on British Columbia's North Coast

This is the first report in British Columbia to collect information on sea lice conditions in pristine or near-pristine habitat before the establishment of net-cage salmon farms. One of the report's greatest values will be the potential ability to compare the results with those found in areas where the salmon farming industry is already active.

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