Bear Working Group Newsletter, September 2015
Central Coast Nations have been working together to stop the bear hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest. This newsletter talks about our progress to date and the work still to be done.
People and Place – Marine Spatial Planning
The ocean is an integral part of our First Nations culture, society and economy. Yet over the last century and increasingly over recent decades, the growing intensity and diversity of marine activities and uses are stressing marine ecosystems and affecting our communities.
As existing, new and emerging marine industries and activities are competing for coastal an ocean space, recognition is growing that the current sector-by-sector approach to marine resource management is not working. A more integrated and comprehensive approach is needed to effectively manage all activities and uses in a way that ensures ecosystem health and the well-being of coastal communities.
Into the Deep Blue – Marine Ecosystem-based Management
Our First Nations communities are leading the way in marine use planning, discussing key marine issues within our communities, and talking to our neighbours about what is important and why. Central Coastal First Nations have been practising “ecosystem-based management” of the land and the sea for generations stretching back more than 10,000 years. Our traditional resource management and enhancement practices sustain some of the richest cultures and societies on the planet.
A Sea of Change – Integrated Marine Use Planning
BC marine environment is among the most biologically diverse and pristine in the world. However, our oceans are in serious trouble.The ocean’s biodiversity and fish stocks are declining, climate change is altering BC’s marine environment and potential developments such as offshore oil and gas present enormous threats to our marine environment.
Integrated Marine Use Planning offers an opportunity to ensure that human uses of the marine environment ensures sustainable ecosystems and communities.