Managing Natural Assets to Increase Coastal Resilience, Gibsons, British Columbia
David Suzuki Foundation and partners
Authored by: Michelle Molnar, Cedar Morton, Erica Olson, Matthew Bayly, Amaury Camarena, Aline Kaji, Jake Sahl, Greg Guannel, Susan Davidson
Partners: Municipal Natural Assets Initiative, Southeast Regional Service Commission
One of two pilot studies, this report describes the results of a modelling tool that was used to assess the role of natural assets in mitigating storm surge and coastal erosion in the Town of Gibsons (the second pilot was in Pointe-du-Chêne, New Brunswick). The project developed and tested what was called the Coastal Toolbox model to determine what advantages, if any, exist to implementing natural asset solutions in coastal areas of that community. The report findings reinforced the need for natural asset management strategies to pursue, such as eelgrass planting in Gibsons.
Managing Natural Assets to Increase Coastal Resilience, Pointe-du-Chêne, New Brunswick
Communities all along Canada’s coasts are facing infrastructure challenges. The structures that people originally built to protect their settlements from storm surges are showing their age, especially as they try to protect against bigger and more frequent storms that climate change is causing.
Municipal Natural Assets Initiative: District of West Vancouver, British Columbia
While Canada focuses on efforts to reduce climate change, there’s growing recognition that we must also find ways to adapt. The District of West Vancouver found the capital costs of restoring a creek are similar to the cost of upgrading the culvert to meet stormwater requirements.
Municipal Natural Assets Initiative: City of Nanaimo, B.C.
While Canada focuses on efforts to reduce climate change, there’s growing recognition that we must also find ways to adapt. The City of Nanaimo has found that a marsh conservation area provides stormwater detention benefits commensurate with engineered infrastructure.