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Ecosystem-Based Management: A Commitment to Our Future (August 2009)
Our leaders have successfully negotiated land and resource agreements government-to-government with the Province to increase our rightful authority to govern and manage our traditional lands. The Coastal First Nations, along with the Province, have committed to setting aside new protected areas that accommodate our Aboriginal Rights and Title and to managing our resources on the remaining land base using principles of "ecosystem-based management (EBM)."
EBM is a land management approach that recognizes that people, communities and the land are inseparable. Our choices must consider the health of both the people and the land that sustains them. EBM has two goals: maintain ecosystem health and improve human well-being.
Read Report: A Review of Offshore Oil and Gas Development in British Columbia
This report integrates the environmental, social, legal, economic and regulatory issues associated with offshore oil and gas development. The report provides our community members with valuable information on the issue of oil and gas.
Read brochure: Into the Deep Blue: Marine Ecosystem-based Management (April 2009)
Our First Nations communities are leading the way in marine use planning, discussing key marine issues within our communities, and talking to our neighbours about what is important and why. Coastal First Nations have been practicing "ecosystem-based management" of the land and the sea for generations stretching back more than 10,000 years. Our traditional resource management and enhancement practices sustain some of the richest cultures and societies on the planet.
Report: Sea of Change: Coastal First Nations and Integrated Marine Use Planning
BC marine environment is among the most biologically diverse and pristine in the world. However, our oceans are in serious trouble.
The ocean’s biodiversity and fish stocks are declining, climate change is altering BC’s marine environment and potential developments such as offshore oil and gas present enormous threats to our marine environment. In order to deal with these increasing development pressures marine use plans are being developed for BC’s Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii.
Community involvement and participation in the marine planning process is essential to its success. The primary role of First Nations in this process is to protect and conserve the marine environment on behalf of its community members.
Turning Point Newsletters
Coastal First Nations know the well-being of our communities and people is connected to the well-being of our Traditional Territories. First Nations on BC's Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii are working hard to sustain the lands, waters and resources in our Traditional Territories to meet the needs of our present and future generations.
One way we will accomplish this is through the implementation of ecosystem-based management (EBM). EBM respects the connection between people and the land. It also respects traditional and local knowledge. It is a modern term that describes what First Nations have always done: we use our knowledge and wisdom to look after our lands and our communities.