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Dec 2017 | Green & Prospering Communities

MAKING NATURE COUNT: MUNICIPAL NATURAL ASSET MANAGEMENT
SARA JANE O’NEILL, SMART PROSPERITY INSTITUTE

The way cities deliver services is changing, often for the better. Excess stormwater was once treated as waste, funneled through a concrete channel and out of the urban area. Now, vegetation and gardens are being re-planted to soak up the water where it lands. Urban trees were once only viewed as an amenity and valued solely for their aesthetic value. Increasingly, they are valued for their role in energy conservation, air pollution reduction, and human health improvements. Roads, bridges, and buildings were once seen as a city’s only assets. Now, leading local governments recognize that, for example, wetlands, forests, creeks and foreshores are also vital assets.

 

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