Social & Economic Considerations

Integrating social and economic considerations into eco-system-based management includes the following components:

  1. Interaction with all stakeholders and decision makers to develop their awareness of the key components of, and relationships between, economic, social and ecological systems.
  2. Analysis of current levels of social wellbeing, economic health and ecological integrity within communities and the management area.
  3. 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.
  4. Identification of discrepancies between the current social, economic and ecological conditions, the stakeholders’ goals and development of a plan to address discrepancies.
  5. Creation of social, economic, and ecological indicators to measure progress towards the goals and objectives.
  6. 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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