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Connecting knowledge and people across governments, First Nations, and marine sectors to build capacity for co-management and improve socio-ecological health in Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem.
The marine reference guide is the first tool to involve multisectoral leadership in bringing together knowledge associated with Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem’s marine ecological and human-use values. This project will produce resources to support decision-makers so that regional environmental health as well as sustainable economic and community development can flourish in tandem.
Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem is within the traditional and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and borders the Tsleil-waututh and Musqueam Nations’ territories. This ecologically rich area is home to unique features such as glass sponge reefs and important habitat for salmon, forage fish, marine birds, and marine mammals.
In addition, the region sits directly adjacent to the growing metropolis of Vancouver. Accordingly, it is representative of many parts of the world where development pressures confront ecological integrity. By connecting knowledge and people across governments, First Nations, and marine sectors, this project builds regional capacity for co-management and improves regional socio-ecological health.
This project inspires me in so many ways – perhaps the most important being that it connects people from different backgrounds across the region and joins them through a common vision to protect and restore the health of our marine environment and community. As a young person, working toward aspirational goals such as this one empowers and excites me!