Environmental Economist, Policy Analyst
Michelle Molnar is an environmental economist and policy analyst with the David Suzuki Foundation. Her work focuses on the conservation of nature using various tools of ecological economics and policy analysis, such as environmental cost-benefit analysis, natural capital valuation, and environmental fiscal reform. Michelle has a graduate degree in public policy from Simon Fraser University, where she worked with Canada's top expert on natural capital policy, Dr. Nancy Olewiler.
A new report values the annual services provided by aquatic areas to Lower Mainland residents. These are services that we've always treated as free because they have no current market value and are add-ons to nature-based economic activities like fisheries and forestry. The results are remarkable: our wetlands, beaches, coastal areas, lakes and rivers give us benefits to the tune of $30 billion to $60 billion every year, and that's a conservative estimate. That's like building more than 14 Canada Lines.
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