First Nations and BC Government Launch Bold Marine Plans

Oceans management took a significant leap forward this week with the completion of plans under the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) for the North Pacific Coast.

A co-led partnership between the Government of British Columbia and 18 coastal Nations, the MaPP plans will guide marine management in a vast 100,000 square kilometer area, spanning from the northern reaches of Haida Gwaii down to Campbell River on Vancouver Island.

The innovative marine plans will advance human wellbeing, economic opportunities and ocean conservation in a region boasting globally significant ecosystems.

Rich with culture and biodiversity, the region is home to unique habitats and great marine creatures, including humpback whales, dolphins and orcas. It is also boasts rare ancient coral and sponge communities and iconic runs of wild Pacific salmon. The area is also poised for significant economic development important to the future of its communities, the province and the country.

“The marine plans are a significant step forward in protecting the oceans around us for future generations and ensuring sustainable use,” said Peter Lantin, President of the Haida Nation. “The ocean around us is experiencing many threats including marine development, climate change and unprecedented changes in productivity of fisheries. The marine plans provide a blueprint for adapting to these changes. We congratulate the Province, our First Nation partners and our many supporters for their dedication and foresight in making this happen.”

Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for the BC Government called the plans “globally significant” and noted that the agreement between the BC Government and the 18 First Nations “marks a milestone for sustainable economic development and stewardship” of BC’s coastal marine environment.

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.