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Friday, April 6 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.05 Implementation of Municipal Natural Asset Management (NAM): Barriers and Opportunities for the Planning Profession

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The increasing density of urban areas and ageing of municipal infrastructure assets in combination with climate change pressures have driven municipalities to look for more adaptable, cost-effective methods and solutions to addressing cities’ infrastructure needs. Management of ecosystem features, also known as “Natural Assets”, that provide services comparable to engineered assets is one cost-effective and climate-resilient tool currently underutilised in addressing these needs. Understanding the barriers and opportunities for NAM is key to its effective implementation in municipalities. While planners have been identified as key contributors to effective NAM, barriers and opportunities for its implementation are poorly understood in the field of planning. Municipal planners in Southern Ontario were interviewed to identify how their professional practice contributes to barriers and opportunities for NAM implementation, and how to address these. Standards, guidelines and norms within the planning professions that contribute to barriers and opportunities are identified and recommendations provided for addressing them. The study findings provide information for improved municipal asset and infrastructure management practices, especially under conditions of increased user demands, infrastructure ageing, and climate change.


Zoe Milligan, University of Waterloo; Rachael Edwards, University of Waterloo; Margaret Bakelaar, University of Waterloo; Michael Drescher, University of Waterloo; Pierre Filion, University of Waterloo


Friday April 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Provincial Ballroom (2nd Floor)