A new report suggests preserving wetlands and forests could help reduce adaptation costs. The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative found that forests, creeks, wetlands, and ponds can “help cities avoid costly infrastructure projects,” and reduce flood risks according to the National Post. Their findings are based on 6 assessments conducted in different communities across New Brunswick, Ontario, and British Columbia. They found that communities could save $200,00 to $414 million if natural assets are preserved or improved. Benefits include improved stormwater drainage, water treatment, and drinking water purification. Conservation of natural assets can also help local biodiversity thrive, which provides many co-benefits for humans.