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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.

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    Water Security in Canada: Responsibilities of the federal government

    Water Security in Canada: Responsibilities of the federal government

    In taking on the responsibility of governing Canada, the federal government agrees to a social contract—that it will protect Canadian citizens from...

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    Agricultural Participation in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Canada: Four case studies

    Agricultural Participation in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Canada: Four case studies

    Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been recognized as an effective means of integrated landscape and regional planning in Canada and...

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    First Nations Carbon Collaborative-Indigenous Peoples and Carbon Markets: An annotated bibliography

    First Nations Carbon Collaborative-Indigenous Peoples and Carbon Markets: An annotated bibliography

    The emergence of carbon markets has created a unique opportunity for indigenous communities to develop an economic sector that can be aligned with...

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    First Nations Carbon Collaborative-Indigenous Carbon Leadership: Voices from the field

    First Nations Carbon Collaborative-Indigenous Carbon Leadership: Voices from the field

    A series of indigenous carbon market case studies have been examined to provide lessons learned and best practices from ten indigenous communities...

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    Establishing a Foundation for Ecological Infrastructure Investments in the Red River Basin

    Establishing a Foundation for Ecological Infrastructure Investments in the Red River Basin

    Finding a better balance between human-altered and natural environments while maintaining or enhancing the overall long-term socioeconomic...

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    Optimizing Private Sector Participation in Water Infrastructure: A comment on OECD – A draft checklist for public action

    Optimizing Private Sector Participation in Water Infrastructure: A comment on OECD – A draft checklist for public action

    The report provides a commentary on the OECD document Optimizing Private Sector Participation in Water Infrastructure: Draft checklist for public...

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    Crude Accounting for the Gulf of Mexico Inc.

    Crude Accounting for the Gulf of Mexico Inc.

    The need for consistent, decisive ecological accounting principles has been argued in professional circles for some time, but is perhaps never...

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