September 17, 2007

PEI partners collaborate in ecological goods and services study

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI-The federal government is contributing $354,000 toward a study of excess nutrients and sedimentation in Prince Edward Island waterways. The pilot project is intended to promote environmental protection activities by PEI farmers and will provide critical information to establish the value of the ecological goods and services farmers provide. The study will be carried out in co-operation with the PEI Wildlife Federation and the Trout River Environmental Committee. The PEI government is providing $135,000 in in-kind support and funding for evaluation, monitoring and technical activities, while the agri-business Syngenta is investing $20,000 towards the pilot over two years. In-kind support will also come from the PEI Federation of Agriculture, Ducks Unlimited and Cavendish Agri-Services. This study is one of the Ecological Goods and Services pilot projects being carried out across Canada to help measure the feasibility and benefits of various approaches to environmental stewardship.

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