2018 REFBC Land Awards – Municipal Natural Assets Initiative

Winner in the Land Use and Conservation category for 2018!

Smart Prosperity Institute, Brooke and Associates, David Suzuki Foundation, and the Town of Gibsons

Natural features and ecosystems (like marshes, forests, and shorelines) can deliver services (like stormwater absorption, water filtration, erosion control) to communities.

The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative helps communities to “count” these natural assets and assign a value that’s equivalent to the service a human-built asset would provide. By counting nature as an asset, municipalities can make a strong financial case for protection and conservation, while relying less on engineered assets.