Find examples of data that Metro Vancouver and other organizations use to analyze and plan for action. If you have questions about this information contact the project team at


  • ​Sensitive Ecosystems Inventory Mapping Tool
    If you’re involved in planning, conservation or restoration programs, environmental site assessment (ESA) or corridor mapping, landscaping, development, fishing or forestry, use the SEI tool to find information about your area of interest.
  • Sensitive Ecosystems in 2018
    This is the first GIS inventory of ecologically significant lands for the region. It was updated in 2018 using the best available (2014) imagery.
  • Protecting Conservation and Recreation Lands
    Conservation and Recreation areas (when used in a planning context) are intended to protect significant ecological and recreation assets, including: drinking watersheds, conservation areas, wildlife management areas and ecological reserves, forests, wetlands, riparian corridors, and other tourist recreation areas. Nearly half of the region’s land base is part of the Conservation and Recreation regional land use designation.
  • Metro Vancouver Regional Carbon Storage Dataset Technical Report, 2018
    The carbon storage database provides spatial estimates of carbon stored in biomass and soil in the Metro Vancouver Region. This Report describes how the data was generated. The Database is an ArcGIS file Geodatabase consisting of summarized soil and biomass carbon for property parcels. To access the dataset contact the project team.


Related Metro Vancouver Plans and Policies

  • Regional Parks Plan, Metro Vancouver, 2016
    Identifies a regional park system that protects large scale landscapes in their natural state and provides opportunities for people to connect to nature. Metro Vancouver operates 14,500 hectares of land, including 23 regional parks, 5 greenways, 3 regional park reserves, and 2 ecological conservancy areas. This plan aligns with climate action on many issues from protecting sensitive ecosystems to connecting residents to the place we live.
  • Ecological Health Framework, Metro Vancouver, 2018
    This Framework encapsulates Metro Vancouver's collective efforts around ecological health and provides guiding principles, goals, and strategies to help achieve the vision of a beautiful, healthy, and resilient environment for current and future generations.
  • Regional Parks Land Acquisition 2050 strategy, 2018
    Regional Parks Land Acquisition 2050 takes a systematic, evidence-based approach to identifying land suitable for protection as a regional park. The result identifies the most regionally important unprotected natural areas that could be acquired for future new and expanded parks.