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Event: INFFER Workshops

March 11-March 19, 2010 - Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton

In October 2008 KIS co-hosted the Role of Economics in Public Policy symposium with the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. One of the invited speakers at this symposium was Dr. David Pannell from the University of Western Australia. Dr. Pannell spoke about a framework he had developed with several colleagues called INFFER - Investment Framework for Environmental Resources - a policy tool for prioritizing public investment in natural resources and the environment.

One of the people in attendance at that symposium was Jim Stalwick from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture's Policy Branch. Jim had done some reading on INFFER previous to the symposium and after seeing Pannell's presentation was interested in having David, or one of his colleagues, return to Canada to give a workshop on INFFER. KIS partnered with Jim and three of his contacts - Loni Smith (MAFRI, Manitoba), Dean Smith (AAFC) and Tom Goddard (AARD, Alberta) to bring INFFER's Dr. Anna Roberts to Canada for a series of workshops on the INFFER process.


INFFER was developed in December 2007 in partnership with the North Central Catchment Management Authority. INFFER is a seven-step process for identifying proper investment to protect or enhance natural assets (ie. lakes, rivers, grasslands, etc.). To date INFFER has been trialed/used by 20 of Australia's 56 catchment management authorities (similar to a water management authority).

INFFER's researchers include:

  • University of Western Australia - David Pannell, Sally Marsh and three post-docs
  • Department of Primary Industries, Victoria - Anna Roberts, April Curatolo and two post-docs
  • North Central Catchment Management Authority - Geoff Park

Dr. Roberts' Presentations
Below are Dr. Roberts' presentation slides from the Regina workshop held on March 15, 2010. PDFs of the slides are available for download.

Session 1 - Overview of INFFER & Public/Private Benefits Framework
Session 2 - Policy Tools for Land Use Change
Session 3 - Case Studies from Australia
pdf Session 4 - Overview of 2-day Training
pdf Session 5 - Use of MBIs in Australia

Further details available at:

For further information: Kathy Larson 764-3929 or click to email KIS


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