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Reply To: Plenary Four: Blurring the Boundaries – understanding, valuing the Ocean

Hali Moreland

Q: what are the communities envisioning as indicators of their well being ?

A: I’ve only begun some very preliminary discussions with coastal community knowledge holders in NMCAs across Canada, but there are still some common threads. The most recurring theme in terms of indicators is ACCESS. People really want to be able to continue getting out onto the water and coastal places that they hold dear. Measuring access can be challenging but it’s a really important aspect that has come up again and again.

A few other indicators that have come up through discussions are social well-being, economic well-being, local foods, and decision-making capacity. All these indicators are quite broad, which is great, because sites can then tailor specific measurements based on their local priorities and concerns.