Biodiversity in Canada is unique and irreplaceable, whether boreal forest, wetlands, or tall grass prairie. It is necessary to exercise caution when pursuing any policy or development that will impact biodiversity. Projects must prove that they are truly necessary and there is no other alternative.
Nature cannot be replaced once destroyed. Offsetting cannot avoid biodiversity loss.
No Net Loss – A Biodiversity Fairy Tale.
Biodiversity offsetting, or replacing one ecosystem lost to development with another ‘similar’ ecosystem, is increasingly popular in Canada. In an attempt to reduce the negative impacts of economic development on biodiversity, governments around the world have adopted No Net Loss policies. Agriculture, urban expansion, and extractive industries often operate at the expense of biodiversity.
Case in Point:
The irreplaceable Roberts Bank is facing a proposed expansion of Delta Port by Port Metro Vancouver (PMV).
Roberts Bank is part of the Fraser River Estuary along with Sturgeon Bank and Boundary Bay and one of the most important wetlands on the west coast. Roberts Bank is South of the south arm of the Fraser River.
PMV is proposing the construction of a second terminal at Roberts Bank adjacent to the existing Deltaport container terminal and Westshore coal terminal. The Terminal 2 expansion is the latest in a series of developments at the Roberts Bank Port.