Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has announced an investment of $5 million to support the scale up of ALUS, a program for rural communities that promotes on-farm nature-based solutions to create resilience across Canada.

ALUS is a entrepreneurial Canadian not-for-profit organization focused on helping farmers and ranchers build nature-based solutions on their land through ground-up, community-based programs that produce, enhance and maintain ecosystem services.

ALUS operates in rural communities across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.

Although rural Canada is highly impacted by climate change, farmers are often left out of the sustainability conversation. ALUS offers a local, community-based approach to resilience that is tailored to individual farm needs. ALUS brings farmers, municipalities and stakeholders together to propose projects that will help restore wetlands, improve soil health and enhance biodiversity.

With support from SDTC, ALUS will expand their reach into six new communities across Canada and will work towards building out their ecosystem services quantification models with the assistance of world leading experts and researchers.