Introduction to municipal natural asset management

Defining and Scoping Municipal Natural Assets

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 to chart your course towards 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
Primer on Natural Asset Management
Municipal Natural Asset Management as a sustainable infrastructure strategy

Green Growth Knowledge

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.

Case studies

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.

MNAI: results from the first national cohort-summary
Cohort 2 national project overview

Results from the second national cohort

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.

Guiding resources for local governments

Towards a Collaborative Strategy Municipal Natural Asset Management: private lands

How to include private lands/landowners

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.

How to navigate and implement O. Reg. 588/17: a 13-step framework for Ontario municipalities

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.

Advancing & Integrating Municipal Natural Asset Management through Asset Management planning in Ontario
Advancing Municipal Natural Asset Management through financial Planning & Reporting - Gibsons-summary

How to include natural assets in financial planning and reporting: Town of Gibsons

Advancing Municipal Natural Asset Management Through Financial Planning and Reporting: Learning from the Town of Gibsons’ Experience

How to find infrastructure funding opportunities

Advancing Municipal Natural Asset Management Through Infrastructure Funding Opportunities

Advancing Municipal Natural Asset Management through Infrastructure Funding Opportunities - summary

Guiding resources for professions

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Natural Asset Management Considerations for Engineering and Geoscience Professionals

Engineers and Geoscientists: professional practice guidelines and aligning with natural assets

Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia has published its Professional Practice Guidelines – Local Government Asset Management. To accompany the guidelines is MNAI’s Natural Asset Management Considerations document that offers detailed considerations for integrating natural assets effectively into local governments asset management.

Advancing Municipal Natural Asset Management through collaborative strategies for private lands-summary

How to advance municipal natural asset management through professional planning: 12 action steps

Advancing Municipal Natural Asset Management Through Collaborative Strategies for Private Lands