Valued Components and PNCIMA

The concept and use of Valued Components is increasingly being used in a wide range of resource and environmental management applications. Valued Components describe attributes or components of the natural and human environments that are of particular significance or value. Valued Components may be ecological, socio-economic, or cultural in nature. Examples of valued components include things like kelp ecosystems, access to docks or marinas, and shipwreck sites.

The PNCIMA initiative is working to identify Valued Components in order to generate understanding between various parties, develop a strategic plan, and, in the longer term, to establish a monitoring framework.

Valued Ecosystem Components (VECs)

Valued ecosystem components (VECs) are species or habitats or processes that are of particular significance to the overall health of the ecosystem. A workshop exploring the potential application of these projects to the identification of VECs in PNCIMA was held on November 30, 2011. Workshop agenda

Applying VECs within PNCIMA

The PNCIMA planning process is seeking to employ a risk-based approach to identifying and prioritizing management issues with relevant regulatory authorities and partners. A risk-based approach will identify the most important human activities and stressors impacting marine ecosystems that ultimately can have consequences for environmental, social, cultural, and economic values.

The risk-based approach that is being developed will provide a systematic and transparent process for gathering, evaluating and recording information related to the risk of harm from human activities/stressors on the PNCIMA ecosystem. The first step in this approach is to identify the VECs that will serve as the inputs to the risk assessment.

Valued Socio-Economic Components (VSECs)

As a complement to the work on identifying Valued Ecosystem Components, the PNCIMA planning process is also identifying Valued Social-Economic Components, or VSECs. VSECs are features or attributes of the area that are of particular significance for social, economic, or cultural reasons.

A workshop to explore methods for identifying and selecting VSECs, and to consider information available to inform the development of VSECs for PNCIMA was held on February 14, 2012. Workshop agendaDiscussions at the workshop were informed both by a draft report produced by Uuma Consulting, Methods for Identifying and Selecting Valued Social and Economic Components of Marine Ecosystems.

Applying VSECs within PNCIMA

PNCIMA is currently considering VSECs for use in generating understanding, strategic planning, and monitoring. Information generated may also be used as one of multiple inputs to related processes such as bioregional MPA network identification, smaller scale coastal planning, environmental assessments, and fisheries management.