Enabling the Integration of Ecosystem Service-based Approaches into Planning Organizations: Municipal Natural Asset Management
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This research seeks to help bridge the gap between science and practice around the integration of ecosystem service-based approaches within municipal planning. This thesis identified enablers of organizational change needed to implement Municipal Natural Asset Management (MNAM) from an Ontario planning context utilizing a socio-technical system theory lens. Staff and decision-makers from municipalities and conservation authorities within the field of planning were interviewed with open-ended questions. Enablers were formed from top challenges, opportunities, and actions identified by participants. The seven top challenges, five top opportunities, and four top actions identified resulted in the formation of six enablers. Enablers that emerged were: 1) reducing a lack of knowledge of the value of ecological systems, 2) creating a clear action plan addressing resource constraints and municipal capacities, 3) increasing cross-jurisdictional and interdepartmental coordination, 4) leveraging Ontario policy frameworks and processes to enable MNAM implementation, 5) creating clear and concise tools and processes for MNAM implementation, and 6) finding a champion to help create and continue momentum of MNAM implementation. The enablers addressed the top challenges while utilizing opportunities and actions identified during interviews. Results provided insight into enabling the implementation of MNAM within municipalities and tangible recommendations for implementing each enabler. It is recommended that to improve MNAM implementation success, enablers are strategically approached and implemented based on careful consideration of individual needs and capacities of municipalities.
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Zoe Emma Elizabeth Milligan (2019). Enabling the Integration of Ecosystem Service-based Approaches into Planning Organizations: Municipal Natural Asset Management. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/15287