To enhance the quality of Island life requires that the concerns of individuals and communities are respected as environmental and economic balance is sought. The ICSI shall:
- promote the well-being of the Island Community, for this and future generations.
- endeavor to maintain the unique qualities of life that people enjoy today.
- enhance the quality of life through diversified economic opportunities on these Islands.
- seek opportunities, such as education and training, that will enhance the quality of life for individuals.
- set a target of full employment for Islands people.
- work with agencies to establish sound principles of management that will not compromise the same opportunities for future generations.
The ICSI sees an ideal economy as one which generates greater social benefits at all levels from the use of fewer resources. The ICSI shall:
- promote a dynamic Islands economy that maintains options for future land and resource use.
- encourage diverse and innovative options that increases the employment and other benefits derived from a given stock of resources.
- promote on-Islands processing of natural resources.
The ICSI recognizes that a healthy environment is the foundation upon which a sound economy and society depend, and that all resource use must be done in a manner respectful of the Islands' ecosystems. The ICSI shall:
- support practices that maintain biodiversity.
- promote forestry practices consistent with nature's inherent ability to replace the resources used.
These economic, social and environmental principles shall be reconciled
and implemented in neutrally administered decision-making processes that
are transparent and that consider all community and other interests affecting
the Islands. These processes shall promote decision-making through finding
The ICSI shall facilitate informed community discussion, and promote processes used for making decisions regarding land, resource and environmental uses that are:
- respectful the processes shall encourage respect for the diverse values, traditions and aspirations of Islanders and their communities.
- fair - the processes will adhere to the principles of administrative fairness, and shall provide full public access to relevant information.
- efficient and effective - the processes will strive for efficient use of time and financial resources.
- measurable and enforceable - the decisions made must be properly monitored and enforced.
- adaptive and flexible - the processes shall be capable of modifying decisions in response to technological innovations, field experience, shifts in social preferences, and new information. These modifications will be made in a manner that maintains economic, social and environmental stability.
- comprehensive and integrated - land use planning and management shall be cross-sectoral, comprehensive and integrated. The processes will address the full range of economic, social and environmental concerns and values.
- accountable - decision-makers must be accountable to all participants in the process, as well as to the broader public. Lines of accountability should be established for participants in decision-making who represent others. Overall, the processes must be responsive to community aspirations while maintaining consistency with provincial principles, goals and policies.