HUMAN WELLBEING INDICATORS

Experts in conservation and environmental policy around the world recognize that humans must be explicitly integrated into plans for environmental protection and restoration to make real progress toward ecosystem recovery. Over the past 3 years, Partnership staff has teamed up with its Science Panel and regional scientists to better understand the benefits residents derive from a healthy Puget Sound, as well as the complex role people play in the protection and restoration of the ecosystem.

Through a series of pilot projects in three local areas—Hood Canal, the Puyallup Watershed, and Whatcom County—and subsequent collaboration with partners and social scientists, the team built on existing human wellbeing indicators and developed a revised list of Vital Signs and indicators dedicated to human wellbeing.

In 2015, the Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council adopted a new set of wellbeing indicators designed to better support the integration of human wellbeing in all levels of Puget Sound recovery planning and evaluation, from the watershed to the regional scale.

New and revised Vital Signs that will be used for future reporting include:

Healthy Human Population
  • Onsite Sewage Systems
  • Harvestable Shellfish Beds
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Local Foods
  • Air Quality
  • Drinking Water
Human Quality of Life
  • Sound Stewardship
  • Economic Vitality
  • Good Governance
  • Sense of Place
  • Cultural Practices

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