The concept of ecological health captures the connection between healthy functioning ecosystems,
the valuable services they provide, and human health and well-being. In Metro Vancouver we generally enjoy a high quality of life and good ecological health.
As more people move to the region, there will be a growing demand for food, fresh water, energy and other products. 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 stream of ecosystem services that contributes to our collective well-being and economic prosperity.
Metro Vancouver’s role
Metro Vancouver works with municipalities to look at ecological health at a regional scale. It is currently implementing a series of pilot projects to improve ecological health on its own lands and facilities. The results of these projects will be shared to support additional work in this area. Metro Vancouver also provides research and tools to help identify and protect sensitive ecosystems across the region.