A community-based regional land use plan for the Mackenzie-Delta Beaufort Sea Region : a land use plan
Mackenzie Delta/Beaufort Sea Land Use Planning Commission
[Canada] : Mackenzie Delta Beaufort Sea Regional Land Use Planning Commission, 1991.
xix, 291 p. : maps ; 28 cm.
Folded, coloured map in back pocket, depicting land management categories in the Mackenzie-Beaufort Sea region.
ASTIS record 49884.
... Certain basic premises are now widely accepted: - we must learn to live within the environmental and resource limitations of our world; - we must develop the northern economy and provide for the growing employment needs of this and future generations; - we must institute fairer land use decision-making processes. ... The Northern Land Use Planning Program was established in this tapestry of interweaving land interests. The Mackenzie Delta-Beaufort Sea Regional Land Use Planning Commission (the Commission) has been advised by the many users of this land. This plan presents the Commission's conclusions. ... The Commission recommends that land use decisions in the Mackenize Delta-Beaufort Sea region adhere to the following principles: -conservation; -complementing land claims; -economic development; -community involvement in land use decisions; -communication and coordination; -increased use of traditional knowledge; -the importance of
plan implementation. ... Areas of territorial, national and international conservation interest in the planning region are well documented. By contrast, areas of community interest and concern are relatively undocumented. The Commission's first objective is to document community areas of interest and concern on a par with territorial, national and international areas of interest. Following extensive consultations with the Commission, industry and government, the communities have identified lands of varying degrees of sensitivity and importance for their natural and cultural resources. These lands are documented in the plan for eight subregions within the planning region, as well as for the Yukon overlap subregion. The Commission's second objective is to recommend a land classification system that will contribute to conservation of important resource areas without necessarily formal legal designation. The Commission re-emphasizes that their
intent is not to foreclose economic development in the region. Rather, classifying the lands defines the conditions under which conservation and utilization can be assured. ... The Mackenzie Delta-Beaufort Sea Commission (the Commission) has been advised by the many users of this land. This plan presents the Commission's conclusions. ... The plan is structured as follows: Section 2 describes the background to the plan, including the planning region, planning process and its relationship to land claims; Section 3 identifies principles and goals to guide land management in the future; Sections 4, 5 and 6 define a strategy for achieving the above principles and goals, with Section 4 focussing on a system of land management, Section 5 on recommendations for land management in specific use sectors, and Section 6 on priorities for implementation. This plan is supported by five appendices. Particular attention is drawn to two of these appendices: -
Appendix D gives a brief introduction to the region for those less familiar with its ecology and management structures; and Appendix E documents and maps the sites in the land management system described in Section 4. It is intended as a reference document that, together with Section 4, should be used by those involved in environmental impact assessment and land management. ...