This webinar will describe: the current opportunity for up to seven smaller/rural local governments in a single B.C. watershed area to participate in a municipal natural asset management initiative; the details of the Request for Expressions of Interest; potential benefits in terms of cost savings, improved service delivery and healthier ecosystems; and the chance to leverage substantial federal and provincial investments in this initiative.
Topic: Current opportunity for a municipal natural assets project in a B.C. watershed
Date & Time: Friday, July 13 2018 – 11 AM to 12 PM PDT
In municipalities across Canada, infrastructure is aging, capital and operating costs are rising, and service delivery is strained by growing populations and shifting conditions. Solutions may be around us: there is growing evidence that natural assets provide, or could be restored to provide, services just like engineered assets, and often at lower costs.
However, most local governments lack policies and methods to measure the services provided by natural assets or the risks to services if the natural assets become degraded.
The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) offers a methodology and support for local governments to integrate natural assets into core asset management and financial processes using the same systems as for engineered assets.
MNAI is now offering a watershed-level program in B.C. focussed on the needs and capacities of smaller / rural local governments in a single geographic region.
Additional details and the Request for Expressions of Interest (due date: August 17), to be submitted by a group of local governments, is available at this link.
- Emanuel Machado, Board Chair, MNAI and CAO, Town of Gibsons
- Roy Brooke, Executive Director, MNAI
- Michelle Molnar, Technical Director, MNAI and Environmental Economist, David Suzuki Foundation
- Sara Jane O’Neill, Research Lead, MNAI and Senior Research Associate, Smart Prosperity Institute
To join the webinar on July 13 click here.
Meeting number: 620 568 531
Click here to learn more about the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative.
Applications from groups of local governments in a single region or watershed are due by August 17th. Please contact [email protected] for additional information and questions.