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Unleash Green Coastal Economy

State of BC Coastal Communities Report 2016 Key Messages:

  • An unleashed green coastal economy will not only strengthen coastal communities, it will strengthen the BC economy. This requires investments by BC and Canada in:
    • Social infrastructure: health, education, communications.
    • Rural policies.
    • Protection and Rights: environmental and First Nations.
    • Operational infrastructure: coastal marine highway, wharfs, ferries, airports, trains.
  • Coastal communities rely heavily on the ocean economically, ecologically, socially, culturally, and spiritually.
  • Infrastructure, industry, and transportation deficits disproportionately affect rural coastal areas.
  • Populations are declining in rural zones and increasing in urban centres.
  • Marine-related decision-making is scattered and could benefit from an integrated, multi-stakeholder approach.