A new report prepared by ACT provides recommendations for practices and resources that can help local governments realize the many benefits of Green Infrastructure and Nature-based Solutions, including the larger-scale benefits for low carbon resilience, equity, health, and biodiversity that may be gained by supporting the development of a regional GI network in Metro Vancouver.

This research project was conducted as a continuation of ongoing ACT research into the value of establishing a regional green infrastructure (GI) network in Metro Vancouver. Phase 1: Still Creek: A Case Study of Transboundary Municipal Ecosystem Governance (2017), and Phase 2: Metro Vancouver 2040: A Mecca of Biodiversity-Led Green Infrastructure (2019), identified an overarching desire amongst governments, professional practitioners, and NGOs for development of an integrated GI and biodiversity framework for planning and decision-making that could bridge across disciplines, jurisdictions, and political boundaries.

To support this goal, Phase 3: Support for a Green Infrastructure Community of Practice in Southwestern BC (2020), was focused on building understanding of the needs of different sectors and departments in order to facilitate knowledge sharing across siloes. ACT worked with six Metro Vancouver Advisory Committees, made up of staff from member jurisdictions spanning expertise in engineering, planning, finance and stormwater, to explore perceptions about GI and nature-based solutions (NbS) and identify gaps and opportunities for action. This research identified ways these topics are being communicated among staff and to the public, barriers and perceived risks of pursuing GI/NbS approaches, and opportunities to further GI and NbS uptake. Presentations and survey responses took place between April and June 2020.

ACT’s report, Advancing a Regional Green Infrastructure Network in Metro Vancouver, highlights the value of establishing a regional green infrastructure (GI) network in Metro Vancouver. It presents five key findings on the current state of green infrastructure in Metro Vancouver, and recommendations for practices to advance a regional green infrastructure network.

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