Habitat Island at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Village

Gavin Biglow | Vancity
Publié: 25 novembre 2020
Dernière modification: 27 novembre 2020
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As part of the development of the Olympic Village for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010, a new island was constructed in the highly urban Lower False Creek inlet to create a habitat patch for fish and other wildlife. The Olympic Village was constructed in a former industrial area with degraded shoreline, high pollutant concentrations and low biodiversity value. To offset an area of degraded shoreline filled for the construction of the Olympic Village, the developers designed Habitat Island, a new island adjacent to the Olympic Village site with features including a naturalistic shoreline and native vegetation. Special resources, including intertidal habitat and naturalised wetlands in Hinge Park, which connects Habitat Island with the Olympic Village site, were also added to increase the biodiversity value of the area


Amérique du Nord
Échelle de la mise en œuvre
Espaces verts (parcs, jardins, forêt urbaine)
Rivière, ruisseau
Zone humide urbain
Écosystème urbain
Écosystèmes d'eau douce
Accès et partage des avantages
Adaptation au changement climatique
Aménagement urbain
Atténuation du changement climatique
Espèces exotiques envahissantes
Gestion des espèces
L'intégration de la biodiversité
Prévention de l'érosion
Services écosystèmiques
Villes et infrastructures
Dégradation des terres et des forêts
Perte de biodiversité
Perte de l'écosystème
Espèces envahissantes
Pollution (y compris eutrophisation et déchets)
Développement d’infrastructure
Objectifs de Développement Durable
ODD 9 - Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
ODD 11 - Villes et communautés durables
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
Obectifs d'Aichi
Objectif 2: Valeurs de la biodiversité intégrées
Objectif 8: Pollution réduite
Objectif 9: Espèces exotiques envahissantes évitées et contrôlées
Objectif 15: Restauration et la résilience des écosystèmes


Habitat Island, Southeast False Creek Waterfront, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 3T2, Canada

Les impacts positifs

Habitat island has become an urban sanctuary along Southeast False Creek. Deep layers of soil, rock, cobble, gravel, sand and boulders have been added to the area to provide stability and nourishment for the more than 200 native trees to grow as well as native shrubs, flowers, and grasses that grow naturally in the region. Since its construction, these habitats have hosted a variety of wildlife, including a pair of beavers and their offspring, starfish, crabs, barnacles and other creatures.  Surrounded by water at high tide, the island is also a sanctuary for birds. The value of the area for biodiversity was further improved during the Olympic Village construction process through the inclusion of green roofs on over 50% of the building footprint, improving overall matrix quality for birds and flying insects. In this way, re-development associated with new construction for sport was able to positively impact both aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity in a highly urban context by converting degraded industrial land into liveable habitat for both athletes and wildlife.

Contribué par

Amelie Claessens International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Soumise par

Giulia Carbone
Eric Ndayishimiye
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Robin Grossinger
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Megan Wheeler
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Erica Spotswood
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Russell Galt