Date: February 10, 2022
Time: 12:30 - 1:30pm ET
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Smart Prosperity Institute is an environment-economy research think tank, where much of the focus is on how to build a resilient and sustainable economy. When it comes to valuing nature, there are often critiques that market-based approaches and economic language and thinking undermine the true value of ecosystems and natural landscapes. Our discussion asked when and how attaching economic values to nature can be beneficial or harmful, and included a range of perspectives and on-the-ground experiences speaking to how nature gets included and left out of decision-making. 

Introductory Remarks:

  • Paige Olmsted, Senior Research Associate, Smart Prosperity Institute


  • Frank Brown, Senior Advisor, Indigenous Leadership Initiative
  • Michelle Molnar, Technical Director, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative
  • Prof. Kai Chan, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia



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This event was inspired by conversations related to the guidebook, Extending the Funding Canopy: A guidebook on estimating the economic value of nature-based solutions published by Smart Prosperity Institute in January 2022.