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SUPPORTING BIODIVERSITY IN YOUR LOCAL NEIGHBORHODD

August 18, 2022
Project Prepared By: Lauren Laturnus, Somnus Huang, Minhao (Steven) Shi, & Youning Zhang

what is the project about?

How can species biodiversity be better supported at the Woodland Drive & Second Avenue Bikeaway? 

Canada is a geographically unique region whose coastal location, topography, and elevation create conditions that support high species and ecosystem biodiversity. Natural ecosystems which contribute to biodiversity within Vancouver include riparian areas, wetlands, intertidal areas, alpine areas, and forests. These environments provide essential ecosystem services, including habitat, carbon sequestration, and water flow regulation and purification (City of Vancouver, 2008). In addition to ecological significance, these natural areas attract tourists and provide residents with a beautiful backyard that supports education, recreation, and healthy outdoor activities. While these advantageous qualities make Vancouver a desirable place to live, continual urban growth threatens biodiversity in this region. The bikeway located at Woodland Drive & Second Avenue in the City of Vancouver is an example of a developed area with low biodiversity, making it a prime candidate for the implementation of green infrastructure.

Project objectives

The main objective of this project is to redesign the Woodland Drive and Second Avenue bikeway to increase species biodiversity by creating a diverse ecosystem and using animal aided design. The re-designed site will consider Vancouver’s changing conditions due to climate change and incorporate strategies that will be environmentally resilient.