Webinar Series - Planning for Nature in the Prairies: A Two-Part Webinar Series

APPI, MPPI and SPPI are excited to share this two part webinar series presented by the Natural Assets Initiative. Register once for access to both webinars.

Planning for Nature in the Prairies: A Two-Part Webinar Series

Natural assets like grasslands, forests and wetlands are part of our core infrastructure system, delivering essential services and many benefits to communities. Yet many local governments don’t explicitly protect and manage natural assets for all the services they provide, which may expose them to significant costs and risks, especially in a changing climate. Natural asset management is a proactive approach to infrastructure planning and investment decision making that levels the playing field for nature. Join this two-part webinar series to learn about the key role of planners in natural asset management, and how they can help put nature at the forefront of land use plans, policies and investments.

Part One: What is Natural Asset Management and Why Should Planners Care?

Date: Completed Wednesday, April 24, 2024:  New registrants will recieve a link to the recording of this session

Join this webinar to learn the basics about natural asset management and natural infrastructure. Donna Chiarelli from the Natural Assets Initiative will introduce you to the fundamentals, such as what are natural assets, how do they contribute to service delivery and manage risks, why are they so important in building resilience to climate impacts, and what exactly is natural asset management, anyways? Ashley Rawluk from the International Institute for Sustainable Development will provide an overview of natural infrastructure, highlighting how natural infrastructure supports service delivery in the Prairies region of Canada.

Part Two: The Planner’s Role in Natural Asset Management

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Mountain time

Land use planners are key collaborators in natural asset management because they influence where development can happen and the specifications for land use, through policies. Join this webinar to learn about the planner’s role in integrating natural asset management in local plans and processes. Emily Sharma from the Natural Assets Initiative will provide highlights of NAI’s new guidebook, Planning for Nature in the Prairies: Integrating Natural Asset Management in Local Plans and Processes, developed in collaboration with Ducks Unlimited Canada. A registered professional planner from the Prairies (TBD) will share examples of innovative work on natural asset management being done in the region.


Donna Chiarelli, Asset Managment Advisor, Natural Assets Initiative

Anastasia Conly, RPP Long Rnage Planner, City of Saskatoon

Register here for this webinar series


May 1st, 2024 12:00 PM