Worldwide demand for natural resources continues to grow. Albertans and Canadians enjoy the economic benefits of resource development, from oil and gas to coal, minerals and forests.
But extraction of these resources can disturb ecosystems, threaten biodiversity and jeopardize long-term ecological and economic sustainability.
And so we are faced with a formidable challenge. How do we wisely manage these resources for the benefit of current and future generations?
There is an urgent need for research and training to meet this challenge.