Rigorous methods, standards and tools are needed to effectively plan, design, construct and operate natural infrastructure at different scales. 

Natural infrastructure provides communities with a broad array of economic, environmental and social benefits. Improved approaches are needed to evaluate, quantify and forecast these benefits to support planning and decision making.

Technically sound, efficient, and applicable methods are needed to track natural infrastructure performance over time, develop the evidence base for future designs and investments, ensure compliance with policy and inform project operations and adaptive management.

Providing infrastructure that supports human wellbeing and equitably meets the needs of diverse communities, requires integration of human values, attitudes, beliefs, and policies with modern communication and collaboration practices.