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Advancing nature-based solutions and green infrastructure: The case of Metropolitan Vancouver

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(Project) M.R.M. (Planning)
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There is a gap in understanding how regional governmental authorities like Metro Vancouver understand the terms nature-based solutions (NbS) and green infrastructure (GI). Without a more fulsome and consistent understanding of how these terms are being applied, decision makers throughout the region lack an understanding of the perceived barriers to and opportunities for advancing NbS and GI uptake and are unable to shift policy. This research was conducted as a continuation of ongoing ACT research into the value of establishing a regional green infrastructure network in Metro Vancouver. Conducted over three months, this project contains the results of over 100 qualitative surveys with Metro Vancouver regional advisory committees. Findings indicate that NbS and GI are distinctly defined, that costs, knowledge gaps, and uncertainty are key barriers, and that framing NbS and GI as climate change strategies is a key opportunity to advance NbS and GI uptake.
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Thesis advisor: Markey, Sean
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