Goal 3: Protect the Environment & Respond to Climate Change Impactshttp://heimat-deutschland.info/metro2040/PublishingImages/bg5.jpg, http://heimat-deutschland.info/metro2040/PublishingImages/bg5.jpg http://heimat-deutschland.info/metro2040/PublishingImages/bg5.jpgGoal 3: Protect the Environment & Respond to Climate Change Impacts<div class="ExternalClass1706EC6DD14F4E4EB73DC90EBADEE661"><p>​Metro Vancouver's vital ecosystems continue to provide the essentials of life – clean air, water and food. Metro 2040 aims to help maintain a connected network of habitats for a wide variety of wildlife and plant species. Protected natural areas provide residents and visitors with a wide variety of recreational opportunities. It also helps Metro Vancouver and member municipalities to meet our greenhouse gas emission targets, and prepare for and mitigate risks from climate change and natural hazards.</p></div>#999999rgba(121, 176, 66, 1)

The Goal

Protect and enhance natural features and their connectivity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and mitigate and prepare for climate change.

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How are we doing

Protect Conservation & Recreation Lands

Nearly half of the region’s land base is protected by the Conservation and Recreation designation, including watersheds, parks, and conservation areas.

Protect & Enhance Natural Features

In 2011, over 181,000 hectares of ecosystems contributed to the ecological health of the region, and most were thriving. However, the few ecosystems that remain in the region’s urban areas are at greater risk. Future data will illustrate change.

Reduce GHGs & Energy Use & Improve Air Quality

Though regional greenhouse gas emissions are falling, and the development of compact urban areas supports that decline, it is unlikely that the region will meet its ambitious reduction targets for 2020.

Prepare for Climate Change

Municipalities across the region are implementing policies, programs, and actions to prepare for climate change. An appropriate measure for climate change preparedness has not yet been developed for the region.

Performance Data



Conservation and Recreation AreasConservation and Recreation Areas<div class="ExternalClassC52BA9E2540A44F79351D6B41C99413D"><p>in 2015​</p></div>http://heimat-deutschland.info/metro2040/land-use-designation, Learn more132,671On trackhectares
Sensitive EcosystemsSensitive Ecosystems<div class="ExternalClass6B91B4DA21204F8D939DD6E84977B714"><p>in 2011</p></div>http://heimat-deutschland.info/metro2040/environment/protect-and-enhance/sensitive-ecosystems, Learn more181,000Waiting for Datahectares
Sensitive Ecosystem QualitySensitive Ecosystem Quality<div class="ExternalClass514E9A47D9384451943CD498516A540C"><p>were high quality in 2011</p></div>http://heimat-deutschland.info/metro2040/environment/protect-and-enhance/sensitive-ecosystems, Learn more86%Waiting for Dataof Sensitive Ecosystems
GHGs from Transportation SourcesGHGs from Transportation Sources<div class="ExternalClassE8DB7E122C4041C5B38231779B0DF46E"><p>from transportation in 2010</p></div>http://heimat-deutschland.info/metro2040/environment/reduce-ghgs/ghg-emissions, Learn more36%May not be on trackof regional GHG emissions
GHGs from Building SourcesGHGs from Building Sources<div class="ExternalClassABA00E2AF0254E61B733FA6B4678BCCB"><p>from buildings in 2010</p></div>http://heimat-deutschland.info/metro2040/environment/reduce-ghgs/ghg-emissions, Learn more29%May not be on trackof regional GHG emissions
Air PollutantsAir Pollutants<div class="ExternalClassE93D6478A2C64CA78D1DAA5298A77B40"><p>in annual average objective level in 2013</p></div>http://heimat-deutschland.info/metro2040/environment/reduce-ghgs/air-pollutants, Learn more1On trackExceedance