Plan Development

Guiding Principles

The following three principles guide the outcomes of the PNCIMA initiative and are drawn directly from Canada’s Ocean Act.

Sustainable development: environmental, social and cultural values are considered with the aim of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Integrated management: a cooperative process that brings together all partners in the planning and management of activities in estuarine, coastal and marine waters while seeking balanced consideration of the full range of biological, social and economic objectives and perspectives.

Precautionary approach: erring on the side of caution.

The following principles guide the process followed for the PNCIMA initiative.

Respect for existing authorities: Parties bring different authorities and mandates to the PNCIMA initiative. The planning process will respect, and work to benefit from, these authorities.

Respect for the role of First Nations: Federal and provincial governments have fiduciary relationships with aboriginal people. The PNCIMA initiative reflects a relationship between the federal and First Nations governments that is of a different character than that between governments and stakeholders.

Inclusiveness: A diversity of stakeholder interests will be included and engaged in a meaningful way in PNCIMA initiatives and stakeholder interests will be considered equally in all recommendations or decisions.

Consensus: Participants in the PNCIMA planning process will seek to develop recommendations through consensus.

Best available information: Recommendations will be based on best available information and will include both science-based and traditional ecological/local ecological knowledge, information and data.

Transparency: Recommendations will be made openly, with information and results shared with all participants. Participants will provide their views openly with others in a way that reflects their understanding of the needs and interests of their sector.

Efficiency: Issues will be addressed in a timely manner.

Adaptive management:
The process is designed to permit and support evolution and will be monitored and evaluated to support shared learning and adaptation through adaptive management.

Accessibility: Reasonable steps will be taken to determine how stakeholders wish to be engaged and to provide them with relevant, understandable information by utilizing innovative technology and by providing a variety of opportunities for engagement.

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