MaPP Governance & Process Structures – Planning Phase

The Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast, or MaPP, is a unique collaboration between the Province of British Columbia and 17 First Nations governments that developed marine plans for B.C.’s North Pacific coastal waters.

During marine plan development, the partnership was represented in each tier of the MaPP governance structure. See detailed descriptions below the graphic. Click on each button in the graphic to see the membership of the selected team or committee.

The Executive Committee was the integrated decision-making committee for the MaPP initiative. Partner representatives on the Executive Committee were signatories to the Letter of Intent that formalized the MaPP initiative in November 2011.

The Marine Working Group was the high-level advisory body for the initiative, with representatives from the Province of British Columbia, Coastal First Nations, North Coast — Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society and Nanwakolas Council (the partners).

The Marine Coordination Team (MCT) was the coordinating body for the initiative. It guided the technical teams and reported to the Marine Working Group.

The MaPP Technical Team was divided into four sub-regional teams. Two co-leads, who represented the two partner groups, led each sub-regional planning team. They were responsible for the development of the sub-regional plans. The sub-regional co-leads worked with a technical planning team composed of marine planning and geographic information system (GIS) experts. Their work was coordinated by a marine scientist and was supported by the best available traditional and local knowledge, scientific data and technical information. The MCT led the regional planning team.

The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) was a scientific body that provided multidisciplinary technical and scientific knowledge and advice necessary to assist the initiative in meeting its objectives.

The Marine Advisory Committee (MAC) and Marine Planning Advisory Committees (MPAC) provided input and advice to the MaPP process. They met approximately every two months to discuss and provide input into the sub-regional marine plans.

The Regional Marine Advisory Committee (RMAC) met less frequently to discuss and provide input into a regional action framework that includes broad frameworks and regional strategies. All advisory committee members provided representation for a wide variety of marine uses and activities including commercial businesses and industries, local government, marine conservation, academic institutions, non-commercial users, and local communities.

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