The Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP) is an ambitious initiative with many significant outcomes. To date, the MaPP initiative has developed four sub-regional draft marine plans, three of which have completed public input periods. These are the Haida Gwaii, North Vancouver Island and North Coast sub-regional draft plans. The Central Coast draft Marine Plan is currently accepting public comments until July 11, 2014. The MaPP initiative is also in the process of completing a draft regional priorities plan, with a target date of August 2014.
In order to achieve these remaining outcomes, prepare for final sign-off of the plans by the partners and transition to the implementation phase, the completion date for the MaPP initiative has been extended to October 31, 2014. This extension will be accommodated within the original budget.
Once completed, the four MaPP sub-regional marine plans and the regional priorities plan will provide recommendations on marine uses and activities, marine protection and other key areas of marine management to inform decisions regarding the stewardship of British Columbia’s marine environment.
The MaPP Working Group appreciates the scope and complexity of the MaPP planning work and the stakeholder engagement accomplished to date. We are grateful to the advisory committee members, stakeholders, partners, supporters and the MaPP planning teams for their continued commitment to the MaPP initiative and its successful completion.
MaPP Marine Working Group
R. Mervyn Child – Nanwakolas Council
Robert Grodecki – North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society
Allan Lidstone – Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Trevor Russ – Council of the Haida Nation
Doug Neasloss – Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance
Garry Wouters – Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative