SEACOP - Linking Decisions to Offset Principles

The Southeast Alberta Conservation Offset Pilot (SEACOP) was initiated by the Alberta government to test a voluntary, market based approach to address temporary industrial impacts on southeastern Alberta native prairie. The Miistakis Institute was asked to consider the decisions and choices made throughout the pilot with generally accepted offset principles as described by the Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme (BBOP) and generally accepted offset practices.

The SEACOP has been guided by a team including government, industry, conservation groups and researcher partners. While the pilot project is not yet complete the team has made significant progress working through many of the concepts and decisions that are required in the design of a conservation offsets programme. This report is a summary of the progress to date and an assessment of the preliminary decisions made in the offset pilot against generally accepted principles and best practises for offset programmes.

Miistakis Institute works on many different types of projects which have been organized into eight research areas. By expanding on the symbols below you may view projects in that research area, as well as one that identifies projects initiated by Miistakis.

Transportation Ecology

GIS for Conservation

Ecosystem Services

Sustainable Landscapes and Communities

Private Land Conservation

Citizen Science for Conservation

Wildlife Management

Market-Based Instruments

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