2011 ONES Workshop

Valuing Nature’s Benefits: The State of Ecosystem Services Science and Practice in Ontario

The Ontario Network on Ecosystem Services hosted its first public forum on Tuesday November 15, 2011, in Alliston Ontario.   This forum was held one day before the Latornell Conservation Symposium happening at the same location.

Over 90 people attended.  They exchanged information, shared experiences, and identified questions and suggestions that should inform us all.  Each attendee received a hard-copy listing of other attendees with contact information and a brief statement of interest.

Click here to read a Synthesis Report from Maria Christoforou (York University MES Student) which highlights key items noted during the panel and audience discussions.

Notes from individual presenters are linked below:


Panel 1: What do we know and what do we need to know?

  • Moderator: Jeff Wilson (Green Analytics)
  • Tatiana Koveshnikova (Credit Valley Conservation) on Research uncovering the links to well-being
  • Barbara Heidenreich (Ontario Heritage Trust) on Knowledge gaps on grasslands and other Ontario ecosystems
  • Owen Steele (Ducks Unlimited) on Research priorities for wetlands

Panel 2: What should be done with this information by whom and when?

Panel 3: What are the right tools for our ES toolkit?

Panel 4: Who do we engage, and how do we do it?


Closing Remarks were provided by Eric Miller.

We thank the organizing committee of Latornell for hosting this forum as a pre-Latornell session.  We thank Conservation Ontario for handling registration fees and costs.

For more information e-mail either Eric, Kristen, or Mike via the network e-mail forum@ONEcosystemServices.CA