Sensitive Ecosystems in 2018 key performance measure

The Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory (SEI) identifies and maps regional ecosystems to support the use of ecological data in decision making. Sensitive Ecosystems are ecologically fragile, rare, or at-risk and include wetlands, older forests and woodlands. The SEI also includes Modified Ecosystems that have ecological value and importance to biodiversity, such young forests. The condition, landscape context, and size of each ecosystem is evaluated to provide an overall quality rating. The Metro Vancouver SEI data was collected between 2009 and 2014, and reporting was completed between 2013 and 2018. It is the first GIS inventory of ecologically significant land for the region.
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To protect, enhance and restore ecologically important systems, features and corridors.

The regional core is the more urbanized southern part of the region and excludes the large parks and estuaries under Provincial management, watersheds and other higher elevation areas.

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The 2018 Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory progress report was completed in May 2018. The report provides results from the first 5-year update, documents changes to mapped ecosystems and quantifies the amount, rate and type of ecosystem loss.

HECTARES OF SENSITIVE OR MODIFIED ECOSYSTEMS IN THE IN 2018
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HECTARES OF SENSITIVE OR MODIFIED ECOSYSTEMS IN THE REGIONAL CORE IN 2018
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of 's ecosystems are high quality in 2011

of ecosystems in the "regional core" are high quality in 2011

Breakdown of 's Sensitive and Modified Ecosystems in 2018

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Overall, total loss of sensitive and modified ecosystems over 5 years (2013 - 2018) was 1640 hectares (ha) (0.9%) for the region, and 1190 ha (3.4%) within the regional core.

Losses for the 5-year period were highest for mature forest, young forest, old field, wetlands, and riparian ecosystems.


Other resources

Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory Mapping Tool | Sensitive Ecosystem Inventory Subregional Profiles