The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) has developed a Natural Infrastructure Framework, which provides key concepts, definitions, and terms.

This framework has been developed to offer a common vocabulary for diverse users—including federal, provincial, and territorial governments—interested in natural infrastructure and broader nature-based solutions.

The framework outlines key concepts and terms that address four distinct climate-related infrastructure challenges: coastal hazards, riverine floods, municipal stormwater, and extreme heat. Examples of how nature-based solutions can be used to address these challenge areas are also provided.

Select infrastructure solutions may be more suitable for application in specific geographic locations (e.g., those intended to address coastal erosion are most suited for coastal regions, including the Great Lakes). However, the framework is intended to be applied across jurisdictions, including Canada’s rural and northern areas.

The publication can be found here or through CCME’s searchable resource browser.


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