Integrating social and economic considerations into eco-system-based management includes the following components:
- Interaction with all stakeholders and decision makers to develop their awareness of the key components of, and relationships between, economic, social and ecological systems.
- Analysis of current levels of social wellbeing, economic health and ecological integrity within communities and the management area.
- Development of a set of strong social and economic goals that reflect the diverse values held by all stakeholders, and are directed toward social well-being, economic health, and ecological integrity.
- Identification of discrepancies between the current social, economic and ecological conditions, the stakeholders’ goals and development of a plan to address discrepancies.
- Creation of social, economic, and ecological indicators to measure progress towards the goals and objectives.
- Implementation, monitoring and adaptation of the management plan in an ongoing learning process.
These steps will help to ensure an ecosystem-based management plan that strives for social wellbeing and economic health while operating within safe ecosystem limits. Achieving an appropriate mix of these three factors will help to achieve a long-term, sustainable land and resource management plan for the land and coastal regions of the Great Bear Rainforest.
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