Where it All Started: Town of Gibsons


The Town of Gibsons is located just north of Vancouver, British Columbia on the Sunshine Coast. It has a population of approximately 4,400 and is roughly 1,000 acres in size. With limited resources for infrastructure maintenance and replacement, the Town is increasingly focusing on natural capital and the services it provides as a cost-­effective alternative.

  • Eco-Asset Strategy

    Nature, and the ecosystems services that it provides, is a fundamental component of the Town of Gibsons’ municipal infrastructure system.

  • Financial Planning Report

    North America’s first community to experiment with strategies to integrate natural assets into asset management and financial planning.

  • Case Study

    Economic valuation of the stormwater management services provided by the Whitetower Park ponds, Gibsons, BC

Technical Documents

  • Defining and Scoping Municipal Natural Assets

    The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) is changing the way municipalities deliver everyday services, increasing the quality and resilience of infrastructure at lower costs and reduced risk. The MNAI team provides scientific, economic and municipal expertise to support and guide local governments in identifying, valuing and accounting for natural assets in their financial planning and asset management programs, and in developing leading-edge, sustainable and climate resilient infrastructure.

  • Green Growth Knowledge Platform Submission

    This paper documents an emerging strategy to manage natural assets such as woodlands, wetlands, and creeks in urban areas as part of a sustainable infrastructure strategy. Specifically, the paper explores Canadian local government experience through the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) to identify, value, and account for natural assets’ contribution to municipal government service delivery, services that would otherwise need to be delivered by engineered assets.

  • Primer on Natural Asset Management

    This primer will:
    • Introduce you to Municipal Natural Asset Management
    • Explain why it is important to consider natural assets as part of your
    overall asset management strategy
    • Help you chart your community’s course towards implementing
    Municipal Natural Asset Management

  • Private Lands Document

    As part of series of guiding documents being developed in collaboration with the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI), this report highlights how local governments can include private land and private landowners in a comprehensive municipal natural asset management framework. It is intended as a resource for local governments practicing municipal natural asset management, providing them with a review of why, in contrast to many engineered assets, a whole system approach, that includes private lands as well as public lands, is required to manage natural assets.

The MNAI Decision Maker series is designed to provide local governments with easy-to-access information to help with adoption of municipal natural asset management. These summaries have been drawn from five reports published by MNAI between 2017-2019. Copies of these reports and complete lists of sources are available here.