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Natural Assets Management

Royal Roads University

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Short Course Description

This course is designed to help local government staff, professionals in multiple disciplines who work with them, and people involved with community organizations, understand the fast-emerging field of natural asset management.

At the end of the course, participants will understand:

-What natural asset management is, why it matters, and what conditions enable or hinder it

-How natural asset management is relevant in your own disciplines or community contexts

-What you may be able to do differently as a result of knowing more about natural asset management

-Where you can get additional information on natural asset management

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Course Outline

Module 1 – Introduction to the course, municipal natural asset management & each other

In this Module, we will become familiar with the core concepts of natural asset management – what it is, how it is defined, what it is based on, and how it came to be. We will also take time to understand each others’ interests in natural asset management so that collectively, we can help advance our various journeys in this fast-evolving field.

Module 2 – Natural asset management on the ground

The focus of this module is on the communities that have been leading the way on natural asset management.  We will learn about how the original work in Gibsons, BC has spread to communities in 4 provinces; what the results have been so far, and why.

Module 3 – The enabling environment for natural asset management

Local governments do not operate in a vacuum and there are many factors that affect their ability to undertake natural asset management.  The regulatory environment, financial frameworks, and multi-jurisdictional nature of land ownership mean that multiple actors will influence local government’s ability to manage natural assets for municipal service delivery.  This ‘enabling environment’ becomes a critical consideration if the ultimate goal is to have Canada’s nearly 4000 local governments all undertaking natural asset management, not just a handful of leaders.  In this module we will discuss this context, with particular focus on opportunities and barriers to accelerating the uptake of natural asset management.

Module 4 – So what?

In this module we will dig into your individual and group contexts to answer the question – “what could I being doing differently tomorrow than I am doing today, on natural asset management?”

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Roy Brooke

Roy Brooke is Executive Director of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative