Lower Mainland Water

Billions Of Dollars In Unrecognized Services Found Under Metro Vancouver Water

Michelle Molnar | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Michelle Molnar

A new report values the annual services provided by aquatic areas to Lower Mainland residents. These are services that we've always treated as free because they have no current market value and are add-ons to nature-based economic activities like fisheries and forestry. The results are remarkable: our wetlands, beaches, coastal areas, lakes and rivers give us benefits to the tune of $30 billion to $60 billion every year, and that's a conservative estimate. That's like building more than 14 Canada Lines.