Natural Asset Inventories: Seeking Expressions of Interest from Local Governments

Understanding, valuing and better managing nature’s role in providing infrastructure services can play an important role in helping local governments tackle the dual challenges of recovering from the pandemic and adapting to climate change.

Sep 01, 2020   •   Natural Systems , News

Scaling Up Natural Asset Inventories Across the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Seeking Expressions of Interest from Local Governments

The Greenbelt Foundation is partnering with the Municipal Natural Asset Initiative (MNAI) to help municipalities develop natural asset inventories, as a first step in natural asset management. We are currently seeking expressions of interest from local governments across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) to start this fall.

Understanding, valuing and better managing nature’s role in providing infrastructure services can play an important role in helping local governments tackle the dual challenges of recovering from the pandemic and adapting to climate change.

Healthy natural assets – forests, wetlands and rivers, provide local governments with core infrastructure services such as stormwater management and flood control, regulating water quality and quantity and managing rising temperatures. Canadian municipalities are learning that natural assets can often provide the same level of service as engineered assets and higher resiliency and adaptability to climate changes at lower capital, operating, maintenance and renewal costs. Understanding, valuing and better managing nature’s role in providing infrastructure services can play an important role in helping local governments tackle the dual challenges of recovering from the pandemic and adapting to climate change.

Interested in having your Municipality complete a natural asset inventory? View full project and application details here. 

Or, fill out this application form and send it to info.mnai@gmail.com.

Questions can be directed to program@greenbelt.ca.