This local initiative that has mapped and quantified sensitive ecosystem resources is encouraging productive conversation about community values, human impacts, and land use planning.
DIEM’s comprehensive objective maps and accessible mapping tools are designed to inform regional strategic planning and help preserve the ecological integrity of the islands’ landscape. Local government and other decision-makers will be using this information to help balance ecosystem values and impacts when resource extraction and development proposals are considered.
Discovery Islands’ communities are benefiting from the shared learning venture: Residents are gaining new views using new tools that allow us to recognize and evaluate the ecosystems that define and unite our common landscapes. Citizen science is empowering local voices and involvement in planning decisions by identifying and validating community interests and concerns about development impacts.