Cross-cutting perspectives on resilience
Poster area
14:00 - 14:40
Chair/s:
Valentina Savo
British Columbia’s new marine spatial plans – A tipping point in marine management in Canada?
Linda Nowlan
West Coast Environmental Law, Vancouver, Canada
The completion of the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) plans in 2015 has brought British Columbia (BC) to the forefront of best practices in Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). This innovative governance process, co-led by the governments of BC and 17 First Nations, produced Canada’s first large-scale marine spatial plans for a vast area stretching from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border. Using a unique process, the MaPP plans encompass critical aspects of resource governance through stakeholder participation in decision-making, including allocation of marine space to reflect social and ecological objectives within three zone types (protection management, general management and special management) and employing an ecosystem-based management framework based on resilience principles. The MaPP initiative demonstrates how different orders of government can plan together for a future of sustainable marine management. The plans reflect First Nations laws, values, and traditions, and Marine Advisory Committees composed of individuals from a variety of backgrounds were key to building local support. This conservation planning model can be scaled up in other marine regions of Canada, the Arctic, and globally.
Will implementation of these plans mark a tipping point in marine management in Canada? This presentation argues that legalization of the MaPP plans is a necessary step in our transformation to a more sustainable way of using ocean resources. To fully realize the MaPP government-to-government process and resulting plans, and to enhance support and compliance, legal implementation is needed to create binding obligations and new cogovernance bodies, enshrine Indigenous laws and knowledge, and devolve enforcement authority. Legally embedded stakeholder participation rights will accelerate the shift that MaPP has catalyzed.

Presenter/s:
Linda Nowlan
Presentation type:
Poster
Room:
Poster area
Chair/s:
Valentina Savo
Date:
Monday, 21 August
Time:
14:00 - 14:40
Session times:
14:00 - 14:40