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Interface Planning Casebook - Case File 2 > Casebook > Valley Vision

Valley Vision | towards a comprehensive vision for the future of the Bulkley Valley

Interface Planning Casebook - Case File 2

The Parks and Protected Areas (PPAs) system in BC is managed as ‘islands’ in the landscape. Increasingly it is being understood that human activities outside of PPAs are having an impact on the ecological integrity within them. These external threats are cumulative and incremental, which combined with the remote and rugged nature of northwest BC, makes them difficult to monitor and assess. Land-use plans (e.g. LRMPs, SRMPs etc.) were intended to create a supportive matrix in the non-PPA lands for whole landscapes such as the Bulkley Valley. These directives (e.g. connectivity corridors) are largely hypothetical and often succumb to the growing demands for development and exploitation. The latter continues to compromise the ecological integrity of the landbase including those areas that we explicitly set out to protect. The importance of ecosystem processes, structure, biodiversity and resilience is well understood in providing the crucial ecosystem services (climate regulation, clean water, flood control, pollination) that community well-being depends on. BC Parks would like to engage the public to plan and manage the PPA-Settlement Zone interface to protect core ecosystems and the benefits derived from them. Interface planning requires tools which address PPAs within the context of the surrounding landscape, integrating the inherent link between humans and the natural environment.


In order to meet the conservation goals, the interface and surrounding matrix demands planning and management which considers PPAs within a larger landscape context. BC Parks needs engagement in interface planning that embraces ecological integrity as integral to adaptive capacity and resilience in social-ecological systems.

Planning principles at stake

(4), (10), (11), (13), (14), (17), (26), (27), (32), (33), and (34)
Refer to Planning Principles


Ryan van der Marel

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