Valuing Puget Sound's Valued Ecosystems Components
PUGENT SOUND NEARSHORE PARTNERSHIP OLYMPIA WASHINGTON
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Valued ecosystem components, or VECs, are key elements of the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project PSNERP conceptual framework for nearshore restoration. This paper discusses the underlying human values that motivate the choice of VECs and their use in environmental management, with a focus on the PSNERP nearshore restoration program. The PSNERP VECs were selected primarily to communicate the value of Puget Sound nearshore restoration to managers and the public, and are intended to speak to ecological and societal values. They embody both economic value and a mix of cultural, spiritual and aesthetic values.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Biological Oceanography