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Amenity migration and sustainable development in remote resource-based communities: lessons from northern British Columbia

Amenity migration and sustainable development in remote resource-based communities: lessons from northern British Columbia

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Original languageEnglish
Pages26-48
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Society Systems Science
Journal publication date2008
Journal number1
Volume1
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Development in northern British Columbia (BC) has focused on resource-based exports, frustrating efforts to promote self-sustaining development. The paper reports on a pilot study testing the applicability of the 2006 Vancouver Declaration on a 'new governance paradigm for managing human settlements' to northern BC. Fieldwork focused on two small northern BC settlements. Semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders offered insights into the composition of a 'new regionalism' pathway which exploits the appeal of place to amenity migration, allowing a shift from resource-based dependency towards high added-value professional skills-based employment. The paper explores the evidence for such a shift. Findings indicate that good social capital networks stimulated by pleasant surroundings have promoted more sustainable patterns of local development. Effective territorially-based community governance is seen as important in enabling these settlements to acquire greater

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