Biodiversity-led Regional Planning: Phase 3

Green Infrastructure means...

"natural capital preservation and enhancement"

Green Infrastructure means...

“built or natural infrastructure that utilizes vegetation or bio-mimicry but works like grey infrastructure”

Green Infrastructure means...

“natural assets providing a broad range of benefits to the community”

Green Infrastructure means...

“using elements of natural ecosystems such as soil, plants, trees, and roots to enhance and protect our built environment.”

Green Infrastructure means...

“designed and engineered systems that follow principles learned in nature, such as the water cycle”

ACT’s work on nature-based solutions (NbS) with professionals and all levels of government since 2017 has revealed a need for integrated frameworks that transcend jurisdictional and professional boundaries. NbS often require people to work in interdisciplinary teams and configurations that challenge traditional silos and past best practices, increasing the need for relationship building as well as communications that can nurture better understanding of NbS concepts and approaches.

Phase 3 of ACT’s biodiversity-led green infrastructure project (2019-2020) is responding to this need by supporting development of a network of stakeholders working in this field in the Lower Fraser. We are engaging with members of local and regional government, First Nations, NGOs, and community groups to learn how participants view green infrastructure and NbS in their work, and co-create policy recommendations and strategic knowledge-sharing opportunities.

ACT is in the process of developing resources from our initial findings with Metro Vancouver Regional Committees, which will be used to inform knowledge-sharing events in Fall 2020.

On September 2, 2020 ACT released our Phase 3 Report: Advancing a Regional Green Infrastructure Network in Metro Vancouver, which can be accessed here.

Resource Portal

A library of international resources on green infrastructure. These resources include case studies, policy briefs, news articles, and more, that are useful for both community groups and environmental professionals. Resources can be searched by name or filtered by both resource type and resource topic.

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Advisory Board

Raincoast Conservation Foundation >

Raincoast Conservation Foundation is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia.  Raincoast uses rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further their conservation objectives.  They call this approach ‘informed advocacy’.  As a charitable, non-profit conservation science organization that operates a research lab, research field station and a research/sailing vessel, they are unique in Canada.”

 

 

Rivershed Society of BC >

The Rivershed Society of British Columbia (RSBC) is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the health of BC’s longest river, the Fraser, and its riversheds. The society formed in the wake of Fin Donnelly`s 1995 ‘Swim for Life’ – a 1,400 km three-week swim down the entire length of the Fraser River. Since its inception in 1996, the RSBC has been actively delivering public education programs, community initiatives, and building stewardship capacity in the Fraser River Basin.”

Georgia Strait Alliance >

“Since 1990, Georgia Strait Alliance has been an effective voice for communities who care about the waters of Georgia Strait and all the creatures that call it home. We are that voice because we collaborate with individuals, businesses and government to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of Georgia Strait, its adjoining waters, and communities.”