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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 around us: there is growing evidence that natural assets provide, or could be restored to provide, services just like engineered assets, and often at lower costs.
However, most local governments lack policies and methods to measure the 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 B.C. focussed on the needs and capacities of smaller / rural local governments in a single geographic region.
We have extended the period for local governments to submit applications until after the BC municipal elections and will keep it open until a suitable candidate is identified.