No modesty required for world-leading marine planning in BC

As Canadians, we’re a modest bunch. Unless, of course, we’re talking about our gold-medal-winning hockey teams. So it’s not surprising that most people don’t know that the BC Government and 18 First Nations are leading one of the most important marine planning processes in the world.

Years of work by scientists, planners, community leaders, industry representatives and others is about to culminate in a new way of managing marine resources on BC’s North Pacific Coast.

Home to globally significant ecosystems, those waters boast rare ancient coral and sponge communities, iconic runs of wild Pacific salmon and great marine creatures, like humpback whales and orcas. The region also holds cultural, social and economic significance to First Nations who have cared for these lands and seas for thousands of years.

Stretching from Northern Vancouver Island up to the Alaska border, the region is poised for significant economic development. All three ports in BC’s north coast are preparing for expansion to facilitate increased trade. There is also potential for major growth within BC’s $11 billion oceans economy, as diverse sectors, including energy, aquaculture, fisheries, marine technology development, tourism and others seek new opportunities.

First Nations and the BC Government are working hard, with input from stakeholders, on a new model of oceans governance. When implemented this new approach will help ensure environmental and cultural values and economic opportunities can work with one another, rather than in conflict.

Treetop Strategy is pleased to be working on an implementation financing strategy to help turn these plans into reality.  For more information, please visit mappocean.org.