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 nature and ecosystems in this region.

In 2022 Metro Vancouver published a draft Roadmap exploring opportunities for climate action related to nature and ecosystems. This paper 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

Natural spaces provide ecosystem services that help the region respond to a changing climate — by capturing carbon, storing and cleaning stormwater, cooling our city streets, and protecting coastal communities. They also have tremendous cultural and spiritual importance, provide us with a sense of place, and enhance livability.

The region’s natural spaces and ecosystems are at risk. Human activities, including development and climate change impacts, result in ecosystem change and loss. This reduces the critical ecosystem services we can receive, now and in the future. To increase our resilience, we need to accelerate our climate actions to protect, restore, and connect ecosystems.

We created a roadmap to help us reach a low-carbon, resilient future. By 2050, we can
expand the restoration and protection of natural areas and connect a regional green infrastructure network. We can also recognize—in all of our work —the value of natural assets as critical to human and
ecosystem health.

Have questions or need information? Email the project team.