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Biodiversity Strategy

Biodiversity is the richness of plant and animal species, their habitats, and the ecological processes that sustain them. Biodiversity includes Vancouver’s marine and terrestrial ecosystems. 

Our Biodiversity Strategy  (5 MB) aims to increase the amount and quality of Vancouver’s natural areas to support biodiversity and increase access to nature. 

Together with you and our partners, we are committed to supporting and celebrating biodiversity by greening our operations, and restoring forest, wetland, and shoreline habitats throughout the city. 

Biodiversity improves the health of Vancouver and the people who live here.
  • Look in your backyard for songbirds, insects, and mammals like squirrels. Observe how many different plant species you can see and how they differ from one another
  • Visit one of Vancouver’s forested natural areas like Jericho, Everett Crowley, or Musqueam Parks and listen for bird calls.
  • Wander the Seawall and consider how the marine environment differs from the forest.
  • Explore the paths and trails along the Fraser River,which is an important contributor to Lower Mainland biodiversity, providing habitat for otters, sturgeon, salmon, and a rich variety of resident and migratory birds. 
  • We support research efforts that help us understand the state of biodiversity in the Vancouver, including:
    • Marine bird surveys in English Bay
    • Stanley Park Ecology Society’s annual BioBlitz
  • Upcoming goals include:
    • Planting 150,000 trees by 2020 as part of the Greenest City Action Plan. Many of these trees will be planted in natural areas like Everett Crowley Park in an effort to improve the health of forest canopy and habitat for wildlife. 
    • Daylighting Tatlow Creek, which will offer open water habitat for invertebrates, birds, and other wildlife, and restore a freshwater connection to the marine shoreline
  • We completed:
    • Fifth and Pine Pop-up Park in 2016, a hot spot of pollinator activity in Kitsilano 
    • New Brighton Park in 2017, a restored salt marsh already home to marine birds and young salmon, in partnership with the Port of Vancouver and Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish First Nations 

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