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Biodiversity-Led Green Infrastructure (2017)

Biodiversity-led Regional Planning: Phase 3

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) responded to this need by supporting the development of a network of stakeholders working in this field in the Lower Fraser. ACT engaged 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-created policy recommendations and strategic knowledge-sharing opportunities.

Biodiversity-led Green Infrastructure: Phase 2

Green infrastructure and NbS are gaining traction as their benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation become better understood. Meanwhile, biodiversity loss is emerging as a global crisis that carries a similar level of urgency to climate change. Phase 2 of ACT's biodiversity-led green infrastructure project, which took place from 2018-2019, investigated ways cities can take a more intentional, regional approach to planning green infrastructure that benefit biodiversity under a changing climate, while providing a host of other benefits.

Biodiversity-led Green Infrastructure: Phase 1

Phase 1 of ACT's work on building biodiversity health while achieving low carbon resilience took place from 2017-2018, and examined ways local governments can collaborate across their borders through transboundary municipal ecosystem governance to support biodiversity survival under a changing climate, while gaining benefits for both risk and emissions reductions.

This project was supported by the Bullitt Foundation, which believes that positive environmental impact begins with innovation and partnership. The Foundation focuses its grant making on the Pacific Northwest Emerald Corridor—specifically, the region stretching from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia (bordered by the Cascades on the east).