MaPP – Marine Planning Partnership

The Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP) is a co-led partnership between the Province of B.C., represented by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and 18 member First Nations (Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative, the North Coast – Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society and the Nanwakolas Council)

MaPP is developing marine plans for four sub-regions: North Coast, Central Coast, North Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. MaPP will bring together the best available science, traditional knowledge and input from robust public and stakeholder engagement.  The resulting plans will contribute to a healthy marine environment and sustainable economies for  B.C. coastal communities.

From 2011-2014, I played a lead role in the scientific and technical design and application of an ecosystem-based management, or EBM, framework for the process. Planning products that we developed include a zoning framework, cumulative effects assessment framework, EBM indicators, and regional-scale recommendations for more than 10 uses and activities.  As Science Coordinator, I managed a team of full-time marine planners, consultants, information storage and management, and a science advisory committee. MaPP used the SeaSketch application to support the marine planning process and display more than 250+ data layers.

For more information and news updates, please see the Marine Planning Partnership website.  MaPP, and other marine planning processes around the world, are also featured on UNESCO’s Marine Spatial Planning Initiatives website MSP Around the World

MaPP sub-regional and regional plans were completed in April 2015.  For a copy of the plans, please visit the MaPP website here. 

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