Glossary of Terms

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Carbon Sequestration: a process that removes carbon from the atmosphere and stores it in the natural environment.

Ecological Goods and Services (EG&S): the positive conservation benefits that come from healthy ecosystems, including clean water and air, and enhanced biodiversity. EG&S include market goods produced from ecosystems (commodities, food and fiber), improved wildlife habitat, benefits from ecosystem processes, including water purification or carbon storage and other values such as improving recreational opportunities. Ecological Goods and Services are sometimes referred to as EG&S.

Fish Habitat "Above the Waterline": riverbank and lake shoreline enhancements that significantly contribute to fish habitat restoration. An example would be establishing bank vegetation to promote bank stability, decrease silt accumulation, reduce the degree to which rocks, boulders, gravel, etc. are embedded in silt and sand (embeddedness) and provide shade, and nutrients and insects for food.

Measures of Success: All project activities should be measurable, whether quantitatively or qualitatively. Activity measures are referred to as Measures of Success or indicators or performance measures. Measures of Success are tracked to determine how well project objectives are being met and relate to outputs.

Municipal Manitoba: any municipality that is continued or formed under The Municipal Act (C.C.S.M. c. M225)

Natural Infrastructure: a strategically planned and managed network of natural attributes, such as forests, grasslands, wetlands, and riparian or other naturalized open spaces that conserve and enhance ecosystem values and functions. These natural attributes provide ecological goods and services and associated benefits to human populations.

Objective: objectives describe the specific, measurable ways to project will address the conservation issue identified. Objectives should be S.M.A.R.T.- specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.

Outputs: result from activities that you carry out and are an indication of project effort. Outputs are measurable and can be: activities that you do, people you are trying to reach, products or services you provide. E.g. in a wetland restoration the outputs are the number of acres of restored wetland, the quantity of nutrients sequestered (phosphorus etc.), the amount of carbon sequestered, wildlife benefits etc.

Outcomes: are the measurable Ecological Goods & Service  benefits you wish to achieve or changes or benefits that result from project activities. Outcomes measure how people and the environment are impacted by your project. E.g. in the above example of a wetland restoration the outcomes are the volume of water held back in a runoff event.

Riparian Zones: the transition zones that are found along streams, rivers, lake shores and wetlands. These areas support unique wildlife and plant communities. Healthy riparian areas have many important functions in our watersheds (Manitoba Climate and Green Plan).

Working Landscapes: areas where people and significant economic activities co-exist with natural lands and water. Working Landscapes have a higher immediate risk of loss than areas without significant economic activity. Working Landscapes have generally experienced significant loss of natural areas already and the future risk of loss remains significant.