Nature and Biodiversity

A bad start to Environment Week: Alberta rescinds its Coal Policy   Last  week we celebrated Environment Week but the Government of Alberta had an odd way of celebrating to say the least. Effective June 1st, A Coal Development Policy for Alberta (Coal Policy) has been rescinded (see...

Moving from Conversion to Conservation: ELC publishes Agricultural Lands Law and Policy in Alberta   [sdm_download id="90602" fancy="0"] Alberta’s agricultural lands support numerous social, economic and environmental benefits. Despite this, we have lost and continue to lose prime agricultural lands via conversion into developed uses.  As well, Alberta’s...

Habitat Matters: Habitat laws, challenges and new directions   [su_box title="Habitat Matters webinar" style="default" box_color="#333333" title_color="#FFFFFF" radius="3" class="" id=""]Thank you for your interest in the Habitat Matters webinar that took place November 28. Link to the recording Link to the slide deck [/su_box] Habitat is essential to the survival...

Loss Prevention vs. Replacement:  Alberta Needs a Policy Framework for Sustainable Agriculture   The ELC’s Role in Moving from Conversion to Conservation With the support of our donors and noted experts in the field, the ELC is currently working on a project exploring the challenges and opportunities for moving...

THIS EVENT IS NOW OVER. FOR THE OCTOBER 24 2019 EVENT PLEASE VISIT: https://elc.ab.ca/where-to-from-here-save-the-date-for-green-regs-n-ham-calgary-october-24-2019-2/     NOTE - TICKET SALES ARE NOW CLOSED Coastal environmental concerns are highly relevant to land locked Alberta, but rarely do we discuss them. Join the ELC and our guest speakers to look beyond Alberta’s...

Moving from Conversion to Conservation: Intermunicipal Planning and Agricultural Lands   Alberta has lost and continues to lose valuable agricultural lands.  As found in the Alberta Land Institute’s Economic Evaluation of Farmland Conversion and Fragmentation in Alberta, Summary of Findings (the “ALI Report”), there has been significant...

Future Flows: maintaining environmental flows through precaution and adaptation   The Environmental Law Centre is calling for a rethinking of water law and policy in Alberta.  The ELC's report Future Flows: climate resilience, environmental flows and Alberta’s water law explores existing legal mechanisms to deal with maintaining...

Habitat, what habitat? The Greater Sage-Grouse emergency order and a call for heightened due diligence [Revised]   This story is about investing in activities that occur in the habitat of species at risk.  It has a moral: stop doing it. This story features an oil and gas company,...

Groundwater sustainability: evolving groundwater policy and regulation for Alberta   Groundwater management in Alberta is governed by a wide variety of regulation and policy.  Sustainable groundwater management is challenged by isolated reviews of water yield, a lack of information (leading to uncertainty in decision making and risk...