From Panama to Canada: Urban Water Sustainability & Natural Asset Planning

What: Online Webinar

Date: October 23rd, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Around the globe, local governments and communities are beginning to shift towards “natural asset planning” to promote and ensure urban water sustainability. Historically, nature has been undervalued, underpriced, and overused and there has been no easy way to account for ecosystem services, such as flood control provided by wetlands.

In this webinar, the speakers will describe communities that are doing the interdisciplinary work required to better understand and account for natural assets, such as creeks, aquifers, and forests, in their municipal planning.

Vic Adamowicz (University of Alberta) will offer findings and lessons learned from work in the Panama Canal Watershed. This project analyzed the costs and benefits of the development of ecological infrastructure as opposed to gray infrastructure. Tatiana Koveshnikova and Gayle Soo Chan (Credit Valley Conservation) will then describe their recent and ongoing work on a natural assets initiative west of Toronto, including hydrological modelling and economic valuation. The project results will support municipal initiatives working to incorporate natural services in existing asset management programs.

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Hosted since 2010 by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, the Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series brings together expert water practitioners and thinkers, as well as emerging water leaders, to engage with innovative ideas on water policy and governance in Canada. By creating an online community of interest, the series strengthens the national capacity to engage with and solve problems, and raises awareness about emerging Canadian water issues, best practices, and policies. The 2018/019 season is being co-hosted by POLIS and the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) with a focus on research developed by WEPGN researchers and partners.

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