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A Valuation Of Ecological Services In The Great Lakes Basin Ecosystemto Sustain Healthy Communities and a Dynamic Economy

This analysis of the value of the Great Lakes to the health of people, communities and the economy in Ontario has been designed to provide the a credible and conservative assessment of the contributions made by the Great Lakes and to the local, provincial, regional, and national economies.  For non-traditional benefits assessment, we provide methods for valuation of natural resources and options to more thoroughly quantify benefits that we can only estimate by extrapolation from existing literature.    This research characterizes the major uses of the Great Lakes for which economic value can be calculated either directly or indirectly.  It then portrays a subset of the major stressors many of which have not historically been addressed through COA and/or the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA).  After a brief review of valuation methods, the document describes different categories of benefits ascribable to different aspects of the Great Lakes economy.  A short number of case histories are then provided for studies that have calculated values of some Great Lakes attributes that go beyond direct market values.  The document concludes with recommendations as to what methods and studies could be undertaken to more fully valuate particularly difficult attributes that have inherent, but not market value. 

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Literature / Existing Data
Scale of Phenomena
Ecosystem
Landscape
Physical/Chemical
Population
Impact of Pollutants
Exotic Species
Nutrients, Including Phosphorus
Toxic Metals
Toxic Organics
Processes
Natural Ecological Processes
Natural Physical/Geological Processes
Land Use and Habitat
Shoreline
Wetlands
Socio-Economic
Valuation Study
Resource Management
Fisheries
State Province
Ontario
Annex Numbers
Research & Development
Annex 17
Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
General
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Research & Development
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats

The Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Research Inventory is an
interactive, Internet-based, searchable database created as a tool to collect and disseminate
up-to-date information about research projects in the
Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Region.