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BENEFITS OF ADOPTING NATURAL INFRASTRUCTURE
A Comparison of Natural and Grey Infrastructure Solutions
Nature-based solutions offer adaptive and more resilient infrastructure outcomes, particularly in the face of a changing climate that is expected to increase the frequency and severity of weather events. In this report, we compare the full range of outcomes and benefits associated with natural and conventional grey infrastructure solutions to address three distinct challenges in the Canadian context:
- Flood control
- Coastal resilience
- Urban temperature rise
Case studies compiled from natural infrastructure initiatives undertaken across the country are used to illustrate the potential costs, additional benefits and added value of such solutions. In addition, side-by-side comparisons of natural and grey infrastructure are drawn and presented in graphical tables for the purposes of helping governments, businesses and organizations to assess the benefits of deploying natural infrastructure solutions as a viable and cost-effective approach to infrastructure development.