Natural Asset Management Resources - Town of Gibsons

Advancing Municipal Natural Asset Management: The Town of Gibsons’ experience in financial planning & reporting was officially released by the Town of Gibsons in January 2018. This document, which was produced in partnership with the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) team, shares Gibsons’ experience in developing a natural asset management strategy so that other local governments may refine and replicate their approach.

Audiences for the document may include any municipal staff with responsibility for managing municipal assets, municipal decision-makers and financial and accounting staff. As natural asset management strategies may also be adapted to any forum where managing natural assets would be beneficial, this document may also interest other organizations, such as managers in provincial or federal government, natural resource companies, universities, ports or airports.


Towards An Eco-Asset-Strategy in the Town of Gibsons documents the pioneering approach being undertaken by Gibsons to place nature, and the municipal services that nature provides, at the core of the town’s municipal infrastructure system. It was endorsed by Gibsons’ Committee-of-the-Whole in February 2015.







UBCM 2020 “Excellence in Asset Management” – Watch this 1:27 minute video and learn why the Town of Gibsons won the “Excellence in Asset Management” category of the 2020 UBCM Community Excellence Awards.

MNAI Land Awards Video, October 2018 – Learn more about natural asset management in about two minutes.


Are you interested in implementing a Natural Assets Strategy where you work? The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (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. Unlock the potential of your natural assets at


Due to their pioneering approach to natural asset management, The Town of Gibsons and MNAI has been featured across a broad range of local and national media. We have archived some of the articles, radio stories, reports and video links here.

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Published February 2021: The Economics of Diversity: The Dasgupta Review. This comprehensive, detailed and immensely important report is grounded in the understanding that bringing our ecosystems back to health will take collaborative action by every nation on earth, and international agreements to change our ways. It explains how we have come to create these vast ecological problems and the actions we must take to solve them. It then provides a map for navigating a path towards the restoration of our planet’s biodiversity.

Released September 13, 2019: Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership On Climate Resilience. Designed to inspire among decision-makers, this report focuses on making the case for climate adaptation, providing insights and recommendations in key sectors.

Value of Nature to Canadians Study Taskforce: Completing and Using Ecosystem Service Assessment for Decision-Making
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) (2012)


Pavan Sukhdev at TED Global 2011 – Put a Value on Nature!
Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature’s banker — assessing the value of the Earth’s assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees …

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