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May 8, 2013

Here a pdf version of the News Release.

May 8, 2013 – A new guide for assessing the economic benefits of the natural environment in Quebec’s changing climate will be launched on Thursday, May 9  at 1:30 p.m. as part of the 81st ACFAS Congress at the Université Laval in Quebec City.
The guide will be presented by Dr. Jean-Pierre Reveret, École des Sciences de la Gestion (ESG) – UQAM and. Jérôme dupras, Université de Montréal, as part of their presentation ‘’L’économie de la biodiversité et des services rendus par les écosystèmes (no 654,’’, at the beginning of the session titled ‘’L’évolution et l’évaluation des services écosystémiques : applications de cas pratiques dans un contexte québécois.’’

Ecological goods and services (EG&S) are the benefits that human societies obtain from the natural environment (e.g. water purification, timber production, pollination, recreation, etc.). They also play an important role in climate change adaptation. Traditionally, ecosystems have been characterized using the natural sciences, but increasingly, they are also being described in terms of the quantified economic value of the EG&S they provide. In fact, EG&S have become essential in the design and evaluation of strategies to protect the environment and to enhance and restore our natural capital, whether in a political or institutional context or in connection with the business world. EG&S are also at the core of the study of climate change impacts and adaptation strategies.

It is in this context that this new methodological guide was developed. The goal is to make sure that the tools used to assess the economic value of EG&S in a changing climate are used in a standardized way throughout Quebec. This approach will help frame decision making with regard to EG&S assessment. This research was a project of Ouranos – the Montreal-based consortium on regional climatology and climate change adaptation −in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada and other partners.

About Ouranos
Ouranos is a non-profit  research consortium on regional climatology and adaptation to climate change  that includes some 450 scientists and professionals from a variety of disciplines. The consortium focuses on two main topics, climate science, and climate change impacts and adaptation. Created on 2001 by the Quebec Government, Hydro-Québec and Environment Canada with the support of Valorisation-Quebec, Ouranos is composed of fourteen regular members and five affiliates. Ouranos’ mission is to acquire and develop knowledge on climate change, its impact and related socioeconomic and environmental vulnerabilities, in order to inform decision makers about probable climate trends and advise them on identifying, assessing, promoting and implementing local and regional adaptation strategies.

For further information
Details about the presentation by Revéret and Dupras and other Congress topics are available on the Acfas website at http://www.acfas.ca/evenements/congres/programme/81/600/654/c

Downloads available:
A backgrounder (soon in English):http://www.ouranos.ca/media/publication/273_FicheReveret2013-WebFr.pdf
The Guide online: http://www.ouranos.ca/media/publication/273_RapportReveret2013.pdf

Interview possibilities:
Jean-Pierre Revéret, Professor in the Department of Strategy and Social and Environmental Responsibility and member of the Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Research Chair, , École des sciences de la gestion, UQAM
Jérôme Dupras, doctoral student, Department of Geography, Université de Montréal

Information and contacts:
Hélène Gaonac’h, Director of communications
Ouranos, Consortium on regional cliumatology and adaptation to climage change
550 Sherbrooke West, Tour West, 19th floor
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1B9, Canada
Tel: 514-282-6464, local 305

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