Analysis of the Current and Future Value of Indigenous Guardian Work in Canada’s Northwest Territories
Following its recent analysis in Australia, SVA Consulting has been commissioned by the Indigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI) to understand, estimate, and value the outcomes that have been and may be achieved through emerging Indigenous guardian work in the Northwest Territories, in comparison to the outcomes that have been achieved in Australia.
Learning from 20 years of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s Payments for Ecosystems Services (PES) programme has become something of an icon in the world of conservation. Its innovative blend of economic and regulatory instruments – and its hitches and successes – provide a valuable source of inspiration for other countries that are looking for effective ways to conserve and regenerate ecosystems.
Payments for Ecosystem Services:A Best Practice Guide
The purpose of this Guide is to help with the design and implementation of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes and its publication fulfils a government commitment in the 2011 Natural Environment white paper, The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature.
Healthy country, healthy people: the relationship between Indigenous health status and “caring for country”
Greater Indigenous participation in caring for country activities is associated with significantly better health. Although the causal direction of these associations requires clarification, our findings suggest that investment in caring for country may be a means to foster sustainable economic development and gains for both ecological and Indigenous peoples’ health.
The effect of communication on individual preferences for commonproperty resources: A case study of two Canadian First Nations
Drawing on the results from a choice experiment with two Canadian First Nations groups, this paper examines whether communication in a group-setting influences individual preferences for three land use alternatives: Industrial Development, Tourism Promotion, and Conservation & Restoration.
Design considerations for community-based stream monitoring to detect changes in Pacific salmon habitats
The Coastal First Nations Regional Monitoring System is attempting to address these information gaps through a new stream assessment program that collects baseline information and tracks changes in stream habitats important for salmons. Results suggest that the current recommended sample size of 6 within stream transects has low statistical power for detecting biologically significant changes in fine sediment.
Land-based Practice for Indigenous Health and Wellness in Yukon, Nunavut, and the NorthwestTerritories
This thesis examines the cultural concept and role of the Land as healer in Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut, and the importance of facilitating modern Land-based programs and activities for integrated health, education, and environmental outcomes.
The key ambition of this study was to build a shared understanding on the economic future of Clayoquot Sound, and how all groups can collectively work together to transform, rather than adapt to the future. The main part of this work was the transformative scenario planning (TSP) approach, where the goal was for participants to develop stories around possible futures, and to reflect on risks and opportunities in the region, including those which could be unexpected.
Evaluating incentive-based programs to support forest ecosystem services
The current forest ecosystem services (FES) Theme highlights the state of the practice on mechanisms to resolve forest degradation and restore forest productivity (e.g. market-based approaches such as payments for ecosystem services [PES]), and presents papers that intersect across a range of disciplines from around the globe.
Executive Summary: A Global Analysis of Sustainable Livelihood Initiatives with Indigenous Peoples
This project is the most comprehensive global analysis of sustainable livelihoods initiatives involving Indigenous Peoples. This report describes their distinct organizational missions and strategies, and explores the architecture of their governance, networks, funding and resource-base, as well as their successes and failures.
Building the ‘Green Collar Economy in Clayoquot Sound: Opportunities for Economic and Social Resilience
In partnership with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and the District of Tofino, GVS is advancing pilot projects to build First Nations Ecosystem Management and Stewardship (EMS) in Clayoquot Sound. EMS programs have the potential to (1) diversify the local economy; (2) produce jobs for First Nations and youth; and (3) help sustain the environment in the region and maintain the competitiveness of the local tourism economy.
The Potential for Payments for Environmental Services in Clayoquot Sound: Pathways for First Nations Participation
This paper seeks to answer the following questions to further dialogue on PES (1) to understand and document any PES programs in Clayoquot Sound; (2) to assess the acceptability of PES among a broader group of stakeholders (industry, civil actors, NGOs and the general public); and (3) to explore the potential of PES for First Nations and describe what this involvement will look like. To answer these questions we conducted five focus groups and a discussion in March and April 2016.
Revitalizing Traditional Fire Management
The purpose of this project is to explore the application of traditional fire management integrated in a carbon trade framework to the Tsilhqot’in title lands and Dasiqox Tribal Park area, in central British Columbia. Generating revenue to prevent carbon emissions from devastating late season fires, estimated at many thousands of tonnes, could provide important income to Tsilhqot’in members and support conservation and restoration efforts on their lands.