Advancing municipal natural asset management through monitoring & engagement

Canadian local governments are seeking new strategies to deliver their core services in more financially and environmentally sustainable ways, including turning to infrastructure asset management as a key tool to manage infrastructure. Municipalities are increasingly recognizing that natural assets such as aquifers, forests, streams and foreshores can provide equivalent or better services to many engineered assets. Municipal natural asset management offers a sustainable solution to the multifaceted problems of supplying municipal services in the face of aging infrastructure, urban growth, and declining budgets. As this approach is being implemented in a growing number of Canadian municipalities, it is important to monitor results and outcomes in a rigorous manner to facilitate widespread adoption of municipal natural asset management. This project will address this issue by developing a framework to monitor, track results, and evaluate outcomes, and reporting to stakeholders and the public on what is happening in key local governments with which the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative is involved.

Faculty Supervisor:

Michael Drescher


Lucas Mollame


Municipal Natural Assets Initiative




Professional, scientific and technical services


University of Waterloo



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