Ecological Health captures the connection among healthy functioning ecosystems, the valuable services they provide (often called ecosystem services), and human health and well-being. We can ensure that the ecosystem services in this region contribute to our collective well-being by maintaining and enhancing the integrity of local ecosystems and other natural features.
Ecological Health Framework
Ecological Health Framework includes a vision of ‘a beautiful, healthy, and resilient environment for current and future generations’. The Framework provides guiding principles, goals, and strategies to help achieve this vision. To help guide corporate actions the Framework sets these high-level goals for ecological health:
Goal 1: Build ecological resilience and minimize impacts
Goal 2: Protect natural areas and conserve ecosystem services
Goal 3: Nurture nature within communities
Ecological Health Framework Progress Report
The 2019 progress report on the Framework describes a range of Metro Vancouver’s corporate initiatives that enhanced ecological health across this region, from protecting lands through the Regional Park system to minimizing impacts on the environment in how we operate regional utilities. Some of these initiatives are featured below. Find more details on these and others in the report above.