DOWNLOAD: How does a community weigh the benefits and liabilities of change driven by demand for land use?



Note to Reader:

The phrase Settlement in Balance with Ecology is now an essential element of the branding for the Water Sustainability Action Plan for BC. The phrase was coined in 2006 by Tim Pringle when he presented a paper at the Whistler Mini-Summit on Water for Life and Livelihoods.



Settlement and Ecology are Equal Values

“The key principle is that settlement and ecology are equal values and they must be as much in balance as possible for wellbeing of human and natural systems. Healthy systems thrive. Compromised systems, without elimination of threats and restoration, decay,” states Tim Pringle, President of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC.

“Settlement and ecology are both complex systems; and the nature of their complexities means there is no easy answer to achieving a balance that will ensure water for life and livelihoods. Nevertheless, it is in our best interests to learn about both sides of the balance….if we are to ensure that settlement change results in benefits exceeding liabilities at the site, community and regional scales.”

“The principle of balancing settlement and ecology helps clarify the relationships that exist among the players (practitioners), politicians, regional and local planners, First Nations communities, agriculturalists, resorts, water districts, businesses and residential property owners.”


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