Novel Approach to Collaborative Phragmites Management: Using Outcomes-Based Financing to Address Canada’s ‘Worst’ Invasive Plant

Phragmites is an invasive perennial grass that is widely considered Canada’s ‘worst’ invasive plant species. This aggressive invader negatively impacts Ontario’s environment and economy, despite many best efforts to control Phragmites across the province, in part due to a lack of a broad, coordinated funding or financing strategy for management.

The Invasive Species Centre, in partnership with Quantified Ventures, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, are working to develop an innovative financing strategy to support a regional-scale program for control and prevention of Phragmites populations in Ontario. By developing a large-scale program and leveraging an outcomes-based financing approach the project team hopes to demonstrate an efficient and innovative way of financing Phragmites management work that aligns with the goals of project beneficiaries.

No previous experience in outcomes-based financing or Phragmites is required to participate in this webinar. This webinar will be recorded and distributed to all registrants.

Speakers

Sarah Rang, Invasive Species Centre Executive Director

Sarah Rang is the Executive Director of the non-profit Invasive Species Centre, whose mission is to protect Canada’s land and water from invasive species. Sarah Rang has helped create new environmental initiatives, including a $1.5 million annual community grant program; worked with Indigenous communities and government to develop a $85 million trust fund for environmental remediation in Grassy Narrows in Northern Ontario; and worked with the provincial and federal government on joint Great Lakes projects, including the Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Action Plan.  Sarah Rang has also worked with mayors and municipal leaders on Asian Carp prevention and nutrient reduction. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Toronto.

Ben Cohen, Quantified Ventures

Ben Cohen is a Director at Quantified Ventures, a conservation finance and impact investment firm. Ben runs the firm’s Urban and Coastal Resilience practice, primarily focused on green infrastructure to manage flooding and stormwater, while also leading efforts to foster investments in wildfire risk reduction, habitat restoration, and groundwater aquifer recharge. He is leading Quantified Ventures’ work with the Invasive Species Centre and Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers to create innovative, regional-scale financing for Phragmites control and prevention in Ontario.

Please register for the webinar that applies most to you:

1. Provincial Government of Ontario

Completed on Oct. 28, 2021

2. Federal Government of Canada 

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021

Zoom Webinar: Postponed to Jan. 11, 2022, 11 a.m. – noon EST. 

Specifically for employees of the Federal Government of Canada. 

3. Municipal Governments and Conservation Authorities in Ontario 

Zoom Webinar: Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, 11 a.m. – noon EST. 

Specifically for employees, Directors, and Councilors from Municipal Governments and/or Conservation Authorities.

4. Industry and Business

Zoom Webinar: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, 11 a.m. – noon EST. 

Specifically for industry partners and/or businesses that will benefit from, or have interest in, the successful management of Phragmites in Ontario. 

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