Marian Weber

Marian Weber has a PhD in economics and leads Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures Environmental Planning and Economics Program.

She has worked with researchers, governments and NGOs across Canada to develop and test market based approaches for managing land and water resources, and for stewardship and conservation on private and public lands. Marian has authored a number of reports and peer reviewed publications, and has been instrumental in shaping stewardship policies in Alberta through her involvement with the Land Use Framework, the Beaver Hills Initiative, and Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy. Through research funded by the Sustainable Forest Management Network she proposed and investigated a new tool, Tradable Disturbance Permits, for cumulative effects management on public lands. She also developed a proof of concept for a conservation offset market in Alberta’s boreal forest area for Alberta’s Land Use Secretariat, and is currently examining how conservation offsets could encourage progressive and enhanced reclamation in Alberta’s oilsands area. In 2006, Marian worked with Strathcona County and the Beaver Hills Initiative (BHI) on a feasibility study for Transferable Development Credits. As a result of the project, Strathcona County and BHI stakeholders initiated a pilot program to test implementation options for this instrument. Other experience includes the evaluation of water allocation and trading rules in the South Saskatchewan River Basin to address economic, social, and environmental objectives, and assessing the costs of Beneficial Management Practices for water quality improvements in Manitoba’s South Tobacco Creek Watershed. In 2009 Marian initiated the Center for Market Based Instruments, a Canadian network to support developers and users of market-based approaches to conservation through knowledge transfer, research, and practice.