MAP-Overall_Study_AreaMarine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP)

Quick Links to Sub-Regional Marine Plans, Marine Plan Overviews and Implementation Agreements, the Regional Action Framework and the MaPP Implementation Strategy 2015-2020

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. Learn more.

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.

MaPP News

MaPP team presents at the fourth International Marine Conservation Congress

A delegation from MaPP presented a two-hour session at the fourth International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC4) held in St. John’s, Newfoundland from July 30 to Aug. 3, 2016. The biannual meeting drew together 690 marine conservation professionals and students from 50 countries who exchanged information and ideas related to the overall conference theme, making marine science meaningful.
The session, Marine planning in Canada: Results and lessons from the Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP), was chaired by former MaPP science coordinator, Jo Smith, now the marine spatial planning science manager with The Nature Conservancy, and featured six presentations and a panel discussion to an audience of 125 people.

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