In order to move forward on the timely completion of the remaining steps in this Peel Watershed planning process, the Yukon government has developed eight principles to guide strategic modifications to the Recommended Peel Plan. These eight principles will guide the Yukon government’s consultation on the Final Recommended Peel plan:
1. Special Protection for Key Areas
We recognize that specific areas in the Peel watershed region contain significant ecological, biological, and cultural values that deserve the highest level of protection available.
2. Manage Intensity of Use
There should be a focus on managing the intensity of use rather than prescribing the type of use. This may include options such as:
3. Respect the First Nation Final Agreements
A number of management and protection tools already exist for conserving wilderness characteristics and other ecosystem components under the various chapters of the final agreement. These include special management area planning, wildlife management, water resources, development assessment, access, and surface rights.
4. Respect the Importance of all Sectors of the Economy
The final plan must recognize the value of all sectors of the economy, and focus on managing any conflicting land uses in a manner that is fair, balanced and equitable.
5. Respect Private Interests
There will be no expropriation of existing claims, and provisions will be made for reasonable surface access.
6. Active Management
We support active management of the landscape rather than prohibitions to use and access.
7. Future Looking
Government should have the ability to retain options into the future for additional conservation or development.
8. Practical and Affordable
Ultimately the plan must be one that can be implemented within fiscally-responsible means and human resources capacity. There will be up to eight regional land use plans in the territory, so plan implementation requirements should reflect that government resources must be balanced among existing and future projects.