Working Group 14

Ecosystems Accounts for Quebec: Measuring Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

The goal of the working group is to develop a core of researchers and students who are trained in undertaking research into the development of a set of ecosystem and biodiversity accounts for Quebec. This research includes both biophysical and economic value measurements. 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 this Working Group are in line with axes 2 and 3 of the QCBS. The biophysical measurements that are part of the opening and closing inventories in the ecosystem accounts relate directly to Axis 2.2 and the flow of services from these ecosystems relates to Axis 2.4. The valuation component of the accounts relate directly to Axis 3 in terms of the management and adaptation of biodiversity change and specifically to Axis 3.2 in terms of biodiversity and decision making. A functional set of ecosystem accounts that includes both biophysical and monetary measurements will assist public decisions makers in their decisions concerning biodiversity, land use and sustainable development. The Working Group's pilot project is working with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a set of prototype ecosystem accounts for the Chaudière Appalaches administrative region. The ESA will be using earth observation (EO) over time and at different spatial resolutions to estimate an opening and closing inventory for the biophysical dimension of the ecosystem accounts. The information generated from EO will be integrated with local, regional and provincial information to provide a better estimation of changes in the ecosystems. The second component of the project will be to investigate the monetizing of the accounts. Placing a value on ecosystems provides an estimate of the value of natural capital in the region. This information can be a valuable input into regional decision making. The Working Group will continue to pursue new research opportunities in this area and will contribute to the conceptualization of ecosystem accounts. In addition the Working Group will address some of the complex measurement issues in both the biophysical and economic valuation areas.


Paul Thomassin (McGill University), Monique Poulin (Université Laval), Alison Munson (Université Laval), Marcel Darveau (Université Laval), Stéphanie Uhde (Institut de la statistique du Québec), Martin Joly (MDDEP), Richard Fournier (Département de géomatique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke), Didier Babin (Secrétariat de la Convention sur la diversité biologique),


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