“Establishing a Foundation for Ecological Infrastructure Investments in the Red River Basin” International Institute for Sustainable Development Publications

Mar 23, 2011 | Corporate Member News

Vivek Voora, Robin Gislason, Karla Zubrycki, Sara Perlmutter, IISD, 2010. Paper, 157 pages, copyright: IISD

Finding a better balance between human-altered and natural environments while maintaining or enhancing the overall long-term socioeconomic viability and well-being of the communities within the Red River Basin (RRB) is the underlying objective of the Building Capacity for Ecological Infrastructure Investments in the Red River Basin initiative. The Red River Basin Commission and the International Institute for Sustainable Development initiated this project to provide the municipalities and counties of the RRB with the ability to examine ecological infrastructure investments within and outside their jurisdictions to provide cost-effective services to their citizens.

This report provides foundational research required to develop a comprehensive decision support system (DSS) that would assist municipalities and counties in the RRB examine the costs and benefits associated with ecological infrastructure investments so they can be compared with hard infrastructure investments. It is expected that the DSS will enable a more thorough exploration of local government investment options, consequently leading to a better balance between human-altered and natural landscapes in the basin.

Access the report here.

About the International Institute for Sustainable Development 

The world is challenged by a changing climate, biodiversity loss, abject poverty and environmental degradation. What can make a difference? Good ideas. Creativity. Passion. Innovation. The achievement of change. 

IISD is in the business of promoting change towards sustainable development. As a policy research institute dedicated to effective communication of our findings, we engage decision-makers in government, business, NGOs and other sectors in the development and implementation of policies that are simultaneously beneficial to the global economy, the global environment and to social well-being. 

In the pursuit of sustainable development, we promote open and effective international negotiation processes. And we believe fervently in the importance of building our own institutional capacity while helping our partner organizations in the developing world to excel. 

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