The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices and the Smart Prosperity Institute have just released three case studies that provide important insights into the possibilities for urban natural infrastructure in Canada. Natural infrastructure, green infrastructure, and nature-based solutions, are often more cost-effective than traditional grey infrastructure and offer a broader range of co-benefits. In contrast to grey infrastructure, which degrades and depreciates in value, natural infrastructure, green infrastructure, and nature-based solutions may appreciate in value and extend the life of grey infrastructure. Natural infrastructure, green infrastructure, and nature-based solutions are all valuable strategies for low carbon resilience, and these new insights and research updates support the work that ACT and ICABCCI are doing in this area.

The three case studies examine the application of restored and conserved wetlands, the potential of green roofs, and the multiple co-benefits of urban forests.

Read the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices’ blog on nature-based solutions here