A collaborative marine plan partnership between First Nations and the province of British Columbia.
Ecosystem-based management that integrates human well-being, governance, and ecological integrity.
Best available science supported by local traditional knowledge.
Marine plan implementation that supports sustainable economic development and a healthy marine environment.
Plan implementation based on best available ecological, social, cultural and economic information.
Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP)
The MaPP initiative is a partnership between the Province of British Columbia and 17 member First Nations that developed and is implementing marine use plans for B.C.’s North Pacific Coast. The MaPP region is divided into four sub-regions: Haida Gwaii, North Coast, Central Coast and North Vancouver Island.
The initiative used the best available science and local and traditional knowledge to develop four sub-regional plans and a regional action framework.
Marine stakeholders representing multiple sectors provided input and advice to the planning process via advisory committees: four sub-regional and one regional. In addition, a Science Advisory Committee gave expert technical and scientific knowledge and advice. Stakeholder consultation is ongoing as the marine plans are implemented.
The MaPP plans provide recommendations for key areas of marine management, including uses, activities and protection. The plans inform decisions regarding the sustainable economic development and stewardship of British Columbia’s coastal marine environment.
The Marine Plan Partnership (MaPP) is pleased to confirm it has been endorsed as a UNESCO Ocean Decade project. This is a unique opportunity to partner with scientists and policy makers around the world to address the decline in ocean health and to support the sustainable development of the ocean.
MaPP was recognized as a project that can support the Ocean Decade mission to “catalyse transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development, connecting people and the ocean, in order to achieve the Ocean Decade vision of the science we need for the ocean we want” (UNESCO).
The Ocean Decade runs from 2021-2030. During the next decade, MaPP Partners intend to participate with international scientists and stakeholders from diverse sectors to develop scientific knowledge and forge partnerships to advance ocean science.
Features of the MaPP initiative that qualified it for the status of Ocean Decade project include our initiative’s commitment to ecosystem-based management, that it is a co-led approach by First Nations and B.C., the inclusion of stakeholders and local governments in the planning process and implementation of marine plans, the focus on sustainability, the vast geographic area covered, and the already-established collaborations with other researchers.
Leaders of the MaPP initiative look forward to exploring opportunities in support of the vision of the Ocean Decade.
For more information, visit https://ioc.unesco.org/ocean-decade
The four sub-regional marine plans were completed in April 2015 and the regional action framework was completed in May 2016.
Implementation agreements were signed in August 2016, formalizing the plan implementation process. Implementation activities, based on priorities identified in the marine plans and the Regional Action Framework, are underway.