HOW DO YOU DEFINE RECOVERY?
Puget Sound recovery—which encompasses protection and restoration—is defined by six recovery goals established by the Washington State Legislature:
Healthy human population. Healthy people are supported by a healthy Puget Sound.
Human quality of life. Our quality of life is sustained by a healthy Puget Sound.
Species and food web. Puget Sound species and the web of life thrive.
Protect and restore habitat. Puget Sound habitat is protected and restored.
Water quantity. Puget Sound rivers and streams flow at levels that support people, fish, and wildlife.
Water quality. Puget Sound marine and fresh waters are clean.
The Puget Sound Partnership approaches the recovery process by using an adaptive management framework—a way of learning continuously from past actions to improve future actions. The Partnership adopted a specific adaptive management model in 2008, called the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (Open Standards). The Open Standards framework builds on explicitly structured interactions among decisionmakers, implementers, scientists, and partners to encourage innovation, sharing of successful practices, and adaptation.
- Plan. The Action Agenda is the shared strategic roadmap to recovery.
- Implement. Partners implement programs and projects identified in the Action Agenda to support Puget Sound recovery.
- Evaluate. Partners track and report on implementation and conduct monitoring to evaluate action effectiveness and progress toward recovery based on shared measurements.
- Inform. The Puget Sound Partnership captures and shares knowledge gained from evaluating effectiveness and ecosystem responses. The Partnership then adjusts priorities and adapts action planning based on information gathered through the development, implementation, and evaluation of the previous planning cycle.