Local governments have been active in climate action for twenty years, but we need to do more. Metro Vancouver is working with residents, municipalities, and other partners to develop a roadmap for climate action for agriculture in this region.

In 2022 Metro Vancouver published a draft Roadmap identifying opportunities for climate action related to agriculture. This Roadmap supports an ongoing conversation on the bold actions required today to achieve a carbon neutral region by 2050.

What you will find in this draft Roadmap

Agriculture contributes to the regional economy and provides fresh, healthy food for local use and exports. Protecting agricultural land enables food security and provides other benefits called ecosystem services, which include helping to manage floods, capturing carbon, and providing habitat for wildlife.

Agricultural activity is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Farmers are dealing with changes in temperature and rainfall, and extreme weather events, all of which affect local food production. To increase our resilience, we need to support farming practices that improve soil health, strengthen agricultural viability and sustain local food production for future generations.

We created a roadmap to help us reach a low carbon, resilient future while also improving air quality. By 2050, we can make agriculture carbon neutral and power it with clean, renewable energy. Farmers can use regenerative farm practices to capture carbon and build the soil for long-term productivity. And we can protect and invest in agricultural land to enable food production and provide secure tenure to farmers, and sustain the agricultural industry over the long term.

Comments are welcome anytime. Have questions or need information? Email the project team.