Human Activity and the Environment 2013 was prepared by the Environment Accounts and Statistics Division under the direction of Robert Smith1,2,3 (Director) and Carolyn Cahill2 (Acting Director). François Soulard1,2 was the project manager, Jennie Wang1 was the editor and Michelle Tait managed production.

Major contributions to the writing and analysis were made by:

Pat Adams1
Mark Henry1
Michael Bordt1,2,3
Christian Malouin1 (Natural Resources Canada)
Marlene Doyle1 (Environment Canada)
Dale Marsden1 (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Giuseppe Filoso1
Jake Rice (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Gabriel Gagnon1

Thanks to the following people and services for their support in the areas of conceptual and technical development, map creation, data tabulation and verification, translation and dissemination:

Neda Amralah
Soheil Rastan1
Mike Comeau
Jack Ruitenbeek
Hugo Larocque
Dissemination Services
Cindy Lecavalier
Translation and Terminology Services

We are indebted to those who have taken time to review and discuss this work. The following individuals provided input throughout the course of the MEGS project:

Zeba Ali (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), Judi Beck2 (Natural Resources Canada), Barbara Best1 (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), Stefanie Bowles1,3 (Policy Horizons Canada), Daniel Burnett1 (Natural Resources Canada), Chiew Chong1 (Environment Canada), Jeff Dechka1 (Natural Resources Canada), Cindy De Cuypere, Robert Elliott2 (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), Jeff Fritzsche, ZuZu Gadallah (Environment Canada), Céo Gaudet1,2 (Environment Canada), Martine Giangioppi (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), Marcelle Grenier1,3 (Environment Canada), Ole Hendrickson1,3 (Environment Canada), Derek Hermanutz2 (Environment Canada), Christian Houle2 (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), Laura Kemp, Sheldon Lambert (Parks Canada), Andre Loranger,2,3 Cecilia Lougheed (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), Bob MacGregor1,2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Sherri MacLeod1,3 (Environment Canada), John Marshall, Aurelie Mogan (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Dan Mulrooney1,2 (Parks Canada), Dennis O’Farrell1 (Environment Canada), Jean Poitevin (Parks Canada), Susan Preston1 (Environment Canada), Troy Riche2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Kami Ramcharan2,3 (Natural Resources Canada), Art Ridgeway,2,3 Valerie Sexton1 (Environment Canada), Mohammad Shakeri1 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Joe St. Lawrence, Jim Tebrake,2 Greg Strain2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), Stéphanie Uhde (Institut de la Statistique du Québec), Judy Watling2,3 (Policy Horizons Canada), Tony Young2,3 (Environment Canada)

The support and co-operation of the following federal departments is also gratefully acknowledged:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Natural Resources Canada
Environment Canada
Parks Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Policy Horizons Canada

The MEGS project was a collaborative effort between Statistics Canada and the above departments. The objectives of the project were to research, consolidate data and build knowledge on ecosystems and ecosystem goods and services in Canada; to study alternatives for assessing and tracking ecosystem quality; and to assemble the information required to support the process of valuation. These objectives were accomplished by investigating spatial standards and classifications, standardizing existing spatial data, developing pilot ecosystem accounts, and investigating methods for valuation of ecosystem goods and services.

This issue of Human Activity and the Environment contains a compilation of selected results from these activities. As such, it is a compendium of interdisciplinary research initiatives focused on improving our understanding of the value of ecosystem goods and services through ecosystem accounting. We proudly publish these results in recognition of the International Year of Statistics.

This work would not have been possible without the generous financial contribution from the Policy Research Data Group of Policy Horizons Canada.

  1. MEGS Working Committee member
  2. MEGS Steering Committee member
  3. Former committee member
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