Conservation Authorities are transitioning to a greener economy in order to enable more sustainable lifestyles.
What is the Green Economy?
The Green Economy is the development of new and emerging renewable and energy efficient technologies, and other business strategies and collaborations that can enable us to live more sustainable lifestyles, while growing economically within the capacity of our natural world. Our economy is changing because our world cannot support the current rate that we consume natural resources.
Our changing economy
Using more resources that can be replenished or restored to provide relatively low cost sources of energy have enabled our economy to grow beyond levels that can be sustained into the future. Some of the ways we rely on natural resources include:
- Clean and sustainable water supply for drinking water, farming and food supply, manufacturing, fisheries, energy production, tourism and recreation
- Gas and oil for fuel
- Healthy biodiversity such as forests, wetlands and other natural systems for flood and erosion control, forestry and related businesses, carbon emissions storage, drought management and climate change adaptation
- Green space, lakes and rivers for recreation, tourism and climate change adaptation
Conservation Authorities envision a future where we use fewer resources, create less waste and live with a more sustainable footprint economically, environmentally and socially. As well, Conservation Authorities are working to develop a Green Economy Roadmap that looks at internal operations and business practices, and partnerships in order to design more efficient ways to do our business and protect the environment.
Tools to grow the green economy
Conservation Ontario Market-Based Instruments Literature Review
This literature review provides a summary of key literature on market?based instruments as they pertain to Conservation Ontario and the Conservation Authorities with the intention of gaining a better grasp of potential use of economic tools in relation to green economy. There is an abundance of literature focusing on the many types of market-based instruments; this paper focuses on those types that best apply to the work of and capabilities of the Conservation Authorities.