The rapid and simultaneous development of renewable energy, mining, and unconventional shale gas projects currently underway in Wester Canada epitomizes the difficult challenges of balancing development and conservation. The simultaneous development of dozens of industrial and energy projects creates a new challenge for land use planning, shifting evaluation requirements from evaluating local impacts of individual projects to consideration of networks of sites with cumulative, often compounding impacts across ecosystems. Landscape 5 will provide practical decision-support tools for formulating solutions for spatial planning of multiple forms of development that minimize cumulative impacts on biodiversity and other ecosystem services.
CHALLENGES FACING CANADA'S WEST
- What are the cumulative effects of small-scale energy development projects on multiple ES?
- How can assessment of multiple ES be used to address cumulative impacts of energy development to reduce trade-offs with other ES?
- Quantitative tools considering cumulative environmental effects arising from multiple energy technologies
- Web-based interactive decision-support tool to evaluate different decision scenarios