Ecological Health and Metro Vancouver
The concept of ecological health captures the connection among healthy functioning ecosystems, the valuable services they provide, and human well-being. Maintaining and enhancing the integrity of ecosystems and other natural features is essential for ensuring that residents of the region continue to benefit from the
ecosystem services that contribute to our collective well-being and prosperity.
As a public entity, Metro Vancouver has a variety of responsibilities related to the ecological health of our region, from protecting lands through its regional parks function to minimizing impacts on the environment through its utility operations.
The Ecological Health 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. Specifically, the
Identifies Metro Vancouver's role in protecting and enhancing ecological health as it relates to its services and functions;
Provides a foundation for integrating ecological health into Metro Vancouver's corporate decision making;
Identifies how Metro Vancouver will report on ecological health-related initiatives across the organization; and
Supports regional efforts to protect and enhance ecological health.
Framework also sets the following high-level goals for ecological health to guide corporate actions:
Goal 1: Build ecological resilience and minimize impacts
Goal 2: Protect natural areas and conserve ecosystem services
Goal 3: Nurture nature within communities