Date: December 6, 2022

Location: Online Zoom Webinar

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Webinar Goals and Summary:

Every year, the Greenbelt provides $3.2 billion worth of ecosystem services for communities across Southern Ontario. The region has long been a source of economic growth and prosperity, but development pressures are creating challenges for the region’s ecosystems to continue being a source of health and well-being for the local communities. In the absence of growing investments in Ontario’s Greenbelt to compete with development pressures, ecosystems in the region will soon no longer be able to meet the demand of local populations for water, food, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

At this event, Smart Prosperity Institute was thrilled to launch a first-of-its-kind blueprint tool in Canada to attract necessary investments in Ontario’s Greenbelt using a conservation finance approach. Our publication webinar included an overview of Smart Prosperity’s conservation finance blueprint tool. It also featured a panel discussion on practical ways to attract new forms of investment that can build ecological resilience, while also continuing to support economic growth and regional prosperity.


  • Talha Awan, Smart Prosperity Institute


  • Michael Twigg, Smart Prosperity Institute (MC)
  • Jo-Anne Rzadki, Conservation Ontario
  • Chelsea Longaphy, Rally Assets
  • Michelle Molnar, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative
  • Joanna Eyquem, Climate-Resilient Infrastructure at the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation


Click here to watch the webinar recording


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