Implementation Priorities

The MaPP planning process produced marine plans for Haida GwaiiNorth CoastCentral Coast and North Vancouver Island. These plans are accompanied by implementation agreements that lay out specific guidance for day-to-day operations and marine use decisions in the plan area.

Partner First Nations and the Province of British Columbia share implementation priorities including:

  • Collaboration and governance
    • Implementation advisory processes for the region and sub-regions.
    • Improved processes and/or policies for encouraging effective working relationships between First Nations and tenure proponents/holders, including opportunities for First Nation and local community economic benefits.
    • Collaboration with other governments and processes to make improvements related to marine safety, emergency response capacity, and preparedness.
  • Marine zoning
    • A formal review (by year five) of the effectiveness of MaPP zones, including stage of implementation and achievement of stated purpose or objectives for each zone.
    • Strategies for advancing protection management zones through the Canada-British Columbia-First Nations Marine Protected Area Network planning process, including an assessment of the contribution of protection management zones to the network.
  • Stewardship, monitoring and enforcement
    • Selecting regional and sub-regional EBM indicators of ecosystem health and human well-being.
    • Developing a co-ordinated monitoring program for EBM indicators, including documenting and/or reporting on research and monitoring activities and results.
    • Training First Nations and other local residents on data collection related to monitoring programs for EBM indicators.
  • Sustainable economic development and healthy communities
    • Action plans for funding and filling specific gaps in regional and coastal community marine infrastructure and services.
    • Studies that confirm areas suitable for priority economic activities in sub-regions and limiting factors.
  • Climate change and adaptive management
    • Regional and sub-regional climate change risk assessments to identify levels of vulnerability to different oceanographic effects of climate change.
    • Identification of marine infrastructure vulnerable to climate change impacts, and investment in appropriate adaptation or mitigation strategies.

The MaPP initiative was established to promote collaboration between governments and sectors on all planning products and to plan implementation processes. Public engagement and input are central to the processes.