Of the Partnership’s six goals, specified in Washington state statute, two address human wellbeing:
- A healthy human population supported by a healthy Puget Sound that is not threatened by changes in the ecosystem.
- A quality of human life that is sustained by a functioning Puget Sound ecosystem
In July 2015, the Partnership’s Leadership Council adopted nine new or revised Vital Signs with associated indicators for Human Health and Quality of Life. These Vital Signs address human wellbeing as it relates to people’s engagement with the natural environment of Puget Sound and include familiar aspects of human health that contribute to our wellbeing, such as physical and psychological health, as well as social, cultural, and economic wellbeing and governance, or the way that people participate in decisionmaking.
The effort to address human wellbeing within the context of our Puget Sound recovery goals falls within a broader attempt to better understand the aspects of ecosystem recovery that directly affect humans. Understanding the roles that people play helps to ensure a more complete, holistic, and ultimately more successful approach to achieving ecosystem recovery goals.