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

  • Cohort 2 National Project Overview

    This Project Overview document outlines the findings of, and lessons learned by, six local governments as they investigated how natural assets are benefiting their communities, how to increase resiliency under future climate scenarios, and what economic value is being derived from these natural assets. While the focus was on water quality and quantity benefits, numerous other benefits were also identified for future analysis.

  • Advancing and Integrating Municipal Natural Asset Management through Asset Management Planning in Ontario

    Ontario is the first province in Canada to regulate asset management planning at the municipal level. To help municipalities navigate and implement O. Reg. 588/17 as it relates to integrating natural assets and natural asset management, MNAI has developed this report that explains the strategic opportunities and advantages of adopting natural asset management, how to develop the strategy, a 13-step framework that municipalities can easily follow, and finally case studies as examples.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Results from the First National Cohort

    In 2016-17,  five pilot communities tested and refined the municipal natural asset management approach and methodology: the City of Nanaimo, BC, Town of Grand Forks, BC, District of West Vancouver, BC, Town of Oakville, ON, and the Region of Peel, ON. Each community selected a natural asset of interest within their jurisdiction with which to pilot municipal natural asset management, and the MNAI team worked closely with municipal staff to guide them through the methodology.  You can read the summary of the findings here, or the full reports here.

  • 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.

  • 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.