Port Metro Vancouver and continuing habitat losses to the Fraser River Estuary

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The Globe and Mail newspaper reporter Mark Hume has just reviewed the Community Mapping Network (CMN) work which sampled the 151 habitat restoration projects along the Fraser River estuary built in the last three decades. These projects were to compensate for development that occurred in this environmentally sensitive area.  Unfortunately, a new study shows that the Fraser estuary is slowly being eroded by development despite a 30-year-old federal policy that has sought to protect the area from any net loss of habitat by requiring developers to replace any that are destroyed.

“The Fraser River estuary is a globally important zone of biodiversity with 17,000 hectares of rich wetlands used annually by 1.4 million migratory birds and 2 billion juvenile salmon. The area’s importance was recognized in 2012 under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. “Of a sample of 151 projects,  only one-third of sampled marsh habitat…

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