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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 all around us: there is growing evidence that natural assets provide, or could be restored to provide, services just like engineered assets, often at lower costs.
However, most local governments lack policies and methods to measure 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 BC 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.