Marine Planning Partnership for the Pacific North Coast (MaPP)
Building on the success of the coastal land planning processes, the Province of BC and First Nations from the Central Coast, North Coast, Haida Gwaii and North Vancouver Island have entered into a government to government agreement to create strategic marine use plans for the Pacific North Coast. The plans will utilize the best traditional knowledge, available science, and robust stakeholder and public engagement to create healthy marine environments and local economies for BC coastal communities. The planning process started November 2011 and is scheduled for a June 2014 completion.
Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA)
The PNCIMA initiative is a partnership between Coastal First Nations, North Coast Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society, the Government of Canada and the Province of BC. The primary outcomes of the PNCIMA process are to create an ecosystem-based management framework for the marine environment and enduring arrangements for ongoing management. The PNCIMA process began in March, 2009 and a draft plan was released for public consultation in June, 2013.
Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network
MPA Network: sustainability of the world’s oceans is increasingly becoming a critical concern, and the need to mitigate the impact of a multitude of stressors to our marine environments is becoming urgent. Decades of scientific evidence documenting ecological, social and/or economic benefits of effectively managed MPAs demonstrates their importance in addressing these threats. Globally, not only have MPAs demonstrated positive ecological gains, they have also been shown to provide a venue for ocean users to have a voice in ocean management.
Coastal Guardian Watchmen
The Coastal Guardian Watchmen strengthen Nation-level Guardian Watchmen programs by improving strategic and operational planning, coordinating a regional monitoring strategy and producing outreach materials. CCIRA works with the Network to ensure Guardian Watchmen activities such as the regional monitoring strategy support marine planning implementation initiatives.
Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative
Coastal First Nations is an alliance of First Nations on British Columbia’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii. The Coastal First Nations include Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’Xais, Nuxalk Nation, Gitga’at, Gitxaala, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate, and Council of the Haida Nation. Coastal First Nations strives to develop a conservation-based economy on BC’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii recognizing the inextricable link between economic and ecological sustainability.
First Nations Fisheries Council
The First Nations Fisheries Council (FNFC) is a regional body developed to support a common vision of member Nations on the stewardship of fisheries resources. CCIRA supports the FNFC in its work to change fisheries policies in a manner that embraces an ecosystem-based management approach. Utilizing the direction from the Central Coast First Nations Marine Use Plan, CCIRA participates on the council and its working groups.
First Nations Marine Technical Committee (FNMTC)
Under the umbrella of First Nations Marine Technical Committee, CCIRA Nations work closely with the Haida Nation, North Coast Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society, and the Nanwakolas Council to move our marine planning goals forward. The FNMTC meets monthly to harmonize our marine interests and find ways to implement different components of our marine plans.