Managing Natural Assets to Increase Coastal Resilience, Pointe-du-Chêne, New Brunswick
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 used to assess the benefits of natural assets to help Pointe-du-Chêne prepare for climate changes (the second pilot was in the Town of Gibsons). The project developed and tested the model (Coastal Toolbox) to determine what advantages, if any, exist in implementing natural asset solutions in Pointe-du-Chêne’s coastal areas. The report provides evidence that natural asset management as simple as shoreline and eelgrass planting and beach nourishment provide substantial erosion-reduction benefits. In Pointe-du-Chêne, these improvements can generate long-term benefits from reduced erosion ranging from 40 to 60 per cent (avoided costs equal to about $8 to $11 million).
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