With planet’s future on the line, scientists seek a full accounting of nature’s assets

Published: 26 April 2021

'Eco-accounting' project aims to produce a comprehensive tally of our natural landscapes, to better aid decision-making around land management

The bean counters have arrived and Elena Bennett [Natural Resource Sciences] could not be happier.

To be clear, no one is sharpening pencils or pecking away at adding machines. But in marshes and on mountain slopes, on farms and fishing boats, a network of researchers led by Dr. Bennett and her colleagues is developing the science of eco-accounting. Together, they are trying to calculate how much Canada's nature is really worth to Canadians.

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