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Natural and Social Capital

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Our work on natural and social capital focuses on people, places and planning for sustainability.

The advancement of human well-being depends both on our natural capital—our ecosystems—and on social capital, which refers to the connections among individuals and organizations that help innovate our way toward sustainability in the communities and watersheds in which we live. We strive to improve planning and management for ecosystems and communities, while ensuring that the processes for doing so are inclusive, adaptive and integrative.

  • Report
    Comprehensive Wealth in Canada—Measuring what matters in the long run

    Comprehensive Wealth in Canada—Measuring what matters in the long run

    This report seeks to introduce the concept of comprehensive wealth to Canadians and outline why it should be considered an essential complement to the other measures such as gross domestic product.

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    Cost-Benefit Analysis of Three Proposed Distributed Water Storage Options for Manitoba

    Cost-Benefit Analysis of Three Proposed Distributed Water Storage Options for Manitoba

    This report attempts to demonstrate how land management best practices to prevent floods and droughts can also provide significant nutrient...

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    Why We Don't Really Measure Natural Capital but Really Should

    Why We Don't Really Measure Natural Capital but Really Should

    This policy brief discusses the critical importance of shifting the focus of economic measurement from GDP alone to a broader measure based on the...

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