From: Simon Fraser University
Published June 21, 2017 08:05 AM

Cities Fight Climate Change Through Ecosystem Restoration

Flooding and extreme heat are projected to increase over the next few decades and will be extremely costly to manage. But a new study from Simon Fraser University shows how cities working together to restore and maintain ecosystems can be cheaper than building hard infrastructure to respond to climate change, and provides additional benefits such as buoyant property values and community health.  

SFU’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT), a think tank based at the Pacific Water Research Centre in SFU’s Faculty of Environment, is releasing the results of Low Carbon Resilience and Transboundary Municipal Ecosystem Governance: A Case Study of Still Creek. The study analyzes the benefits gained from the Still Creek restoration from 1949 to 2014 with collaborations between the City of Vancouver and City of Burnaby.

"Urban ecosystems play a crucial role in the fight against climate change, helping us adapt to climate change impacts such as flooding and heatwaves, while reducing emissions," says Deborah Harford, ACT Executive Director.

 

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