A Letter of Intent (LOI) was signed by partners in November 2011. The letter is an agreement between partners on how the MaPP initiative is structured and outlines key planning deliverables, including the laying out of distinct zones, and development of policy and legal direction for marine uses.
MaPP used a public-private funding model during marine plan development. A Support Project Memorandum of Understanding segregated the responsibilities, criteria and decision-making authorities of the parties and Tides Canada Initiatives Society, which administered the funds.
During the plan implementation phase, MaPP again uses a public-private funding model. A Support Project Memorandum of Understanding segregates the responsibilities, criteria and decision-making authorities of the parties and Tides Canada Initiatives Society, which administers the funds. The MOU is supplemented by specific implementation agreements on sub-regional marine plan implementation between the Province of B.C. and the appropriate First Nation partners in each sub-region. These agreements also contain implementation provisions for actions in the Regional Action Framework. Download implementation agreements for Haida Gwaii, North Coast, Central Coast and North Vancouver Island sub-regions.
Funding for the first five years of implementation is through in-kind contributions from B.C. and First Nation governments and contributions from private funders. Having also secured initial financial commitments from private funders, MaPP partners are actively identifying additional funds to enable full implementation of the sub-regional marine plans and the Regional Action Framework. The MOU signed by the MaPP partners and Tides Canada provides for continuation of Tides Canada as the administrative home for MaPP implementation.
In addition to MaPP marine plans, the Great Bear Rainforest Land Use Order, finalized in 2016, confirms zoning for terrestrial areas of the North Coast, Central Coast and North Vancouver Island sub-regions. The agreement, between participating First Nations, the Province of B.C., industry and environmental groups, protects habitat, provides economic opportunities for First Nations, and allows for sustainable forestry. For more information, see the Great Bear Rainforest fact sheet