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Natural Asset Management - ONLINE

Canadian communities face challenges of declining infrastructure quality and diminishing health and resilience of many ecosystems, a challenge made far more pressing by climate change. To address this, leading local governments are starting to identify, value and account for natural assets in their financial planning and asset management programs as a means to develop deliver core services sustainably through a climate resilient green infrastructure. This four-week online course covers core concepts, the most recent case examples and latest approaches to municipal natural asset management. The course will provide both essential information to anyone working for, or with local governments or who is interested in innovative approaches to community sustainability. The course also offers an opportunity to discuss with peers and the instructor, potential approaches to challenges and opportunities in learners' own communities.
Facilitator: Roy Brooke
Natural Asset Management - ONLINE
Start Date:Mar 13, 2023
End Date:Apr 09, 2023
Delivery:4 weeks, Asynch and Synch Online
Price:$750.00 + GST
Instructor:Roy Brooke
Course code: PACS0100_Y2223P-01

Learning Outcomes
After completing the course learners will be able to:

  • Understand and able to explain the basics of ecosystem services related to climate change risks and opportunities;
  • Able to explain how asset management provides a practical approach to preserve and enhance ecosystem services
  • Understand and able to link key tools and strategies to their application in natural asset management;
  • Underastand and able to explain some of the drivers and barriers to NAM becoming widespread;
  • Demonstrate an ability to collaborate in the context of NAM, as evidenced through weekly group work and a final project;
  • Identify some of the basic characteristics of NAM leadership.

Learner Effort
The course consists of 5 hours per module (4 modules in total) + 5 hours devoted to an assessment(s). This equates to approximately 6 hours of learner effort per week.

Live (Synchronous) Sessions
Live (synchronous) sessions will be scheduled by the instructor. Live (synchronous) sessions will be recorded for learners unable to attend.

Computer Requirements
A week prior to the course start date learners will receive an email from Royal Roads University Professional and Continuing Studies with information on how to access the online course. At that time learners will be encouraged to visit a short orientation website to familiarize themselves with the online learning platform. Learners will find the computer requirements for this course through this link:

This course is eligible to be used as an elective course credit in the Climate Adaptation Fundamentals Micro-credential program. Interested individuals seeking a broader, foundational knowledge base in climate action may wish to expand upon the learnings of this course by enrolling in this micro-credential.

Learn more about the Climate Adaptation Fundamentals Micro-credential here.