Abstract Title

Session S-08E: Experiences in Integrated Marine Planning

Keywords

Planning Assessment & Communication

Start Date

2-5-2014 8:30 AM

End Date

2-5-2014 10:00 AM

Description

The Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP) is a collaborative planning process for coastal and marine areas in the north coast of British Columbia, Canada. MaPP is a co-led partnership between the Province of British Columbia and First Nations governments, represented by the Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative, the North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society, and the Nanwakolas Council. Marine plans are being developed for four sub-regions: Haida Gwaii, North Coast, Central Coast, and Northern Vancouver Island. To implement the EBM framework, MaPP designed a Regional Zoning Framework using existing coastal plans, expert advice, and lessons learned from other areas of the world. The three zones are: General Management Zone, Special Management Zone, and Protection Management Zone. The General Management Zone (GMZ) allocates space for a wide range of sustainable marine uses and activities that are compatible with MaPP's ecosystem-based management principles. The Special Management Zone (SMZ) allocates space for high priority and high potential sustainable marine uses and activities, including economic development and cultural uses that require specific environmental conditions or locations. The Protection Management Zone (PMZ) allocates space primarily for conservation purposes, and may protect localized conservation values. The PMZ uses the IUCN categories for marine protected areas and the framework is supported by a number of other tools, including an ecosystem vulnerability matrix, compatible use matrix, activity table, and guidelines for designating zones. In this presentation, we will provide a brief overview of the MaPP, discuss the zoning framework, and describe zoning designations with associated tools in the MaPP study area.

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May 2nd, 8:30 AM May 2nd, 10:00 AM

Implementing Ecosystem-Based Management in Canada's Pacific: Developing a Marine Zoning Framework

Room 613-614

The Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP) is a collaborative planning process for coastal and marine areas in the north coast of British Columbia, Canada. MaPP is a co-led partnership between the Province of British Columbia and First Nations governments, represented by the Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative, the North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society, and the Nanwakolas Council. Marine plans are being developed for four sub-regions: Haida Gwaii, North Coast, Central Coast, and Northern Vancouver Island. To implement the EBM framework, MaPP designed a Regional Zoning Framework using existing coastal plans, expert advice, and lessons learned from other areas of the world. The three zones are: General Management Zone, Special Management Zone, and Protection Management Zone. The General Management Zone (GMZ) allocates space for a wide range of sustainable marine uses and activities that are compatible with MaPP's ecosystem-based management principles. The Special Management Zone (SMZ) allocates space for high priority and high potential sustainable marine uses and activities, including economic development and cultural uses that require specific environmental conditions or locations. The Protection Management Zone (PMZ) allocates space primarily for conservation purposes, and may protect localized conservation values. The PMZ uses the IUCN categories for marine protected areas and the framework is supported by a number of other tools, including an ecosystem vulnerability matrix, compatible use matrix, activity table, and guidelines for designating zones. In this presentation, we will provide a brief overview of the MaPP, discuss the zoning framework, and describe zoning designations with associated tools in the MaPP study area.