Working Group 5

Comptes d'écosystèmes pour le Québec : mesure de la biodiversité et des services écologiques

The goal of the working group is to create a core of researchers and students who are trained to define a research project seeking to determine the feasibility of ecosystem accounting for Québec. The ecosystem accounts would eventually become part of the larger set of environmental accounts in Quebec, held by the Institut de la Statistique du Québec (ISQ). The research questions of the project are in line with axes 2 and 3 of the QCBS: how to conceptualize the linkages between the economy and biodiversity and ecosystem services and integrate a functional biodiversity model? Then, how generate a portrait that is representative of ecosystems accounts at the scale of Québec? For example, with respect to the natural environment, what spatial scales and what elements of biodiversity should be represented in the accounting. Similarly, in terms of human activity, what sectors of activity should be considered? Moreover, in relation to theme 1.2 of Axis 1 of the QCBS, the project involves an inventory and compilation of some of the data collected by the MDDEP and elsewhere in government and in universities to determine the data available for the establishment of ecosystem accounts in Québec.

The Working Group will initiate a series of reflective activities and trainings to lead to the development of at least one research project, which would take the form of a pilot project on a particular type of ecosystem, such as wetlands. The project will include a review of existing experiences in ecosystems accounting, such as in Europe and India, to assess the appropriateness of the methodologies in regard to the best available knowledge about the functioning of biodiversity in Québec, followed by concrete application of implementation of the methods in Québec as part of a case study.

Members

Paul Thomassin (McGill University), Jean-Pierre Revéret (Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)), Monique Poulin (Université Laval), Martin Lechowicz (McGill University), Elena Bennett (McGill University), Jean-Louis Weber (Agence européenne pour l’environnement), Stéphanie Uhde (Institut de la statistique du Québec), Benoit Limoges (MDDEP), Raynald Gagnon (MDDEP), Richard Fournier (Département de géomatique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke), Didier Babin (Secrétariat de la Convention sur la diversité biologique),

Progress

Title Event Number of Participants Date
Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science Working Group 2nd Seminarseminar142012-01-16
Téléconférence: Groupe de travail du CSBQ sur les Comptes d'écosystèmes pour le Québec: mesuremeeting42011-09-23

Literature

Xiao, Jun. 2011. Revue de la littérature: Comptes d'écosystêmes. Disponible sur demande au CSBQ.