Bud would know – in his role with UNESCO he is a regular advisor on marine planning efforts around the globe and he’s seen it all. He went on to remind the (somewhat wearied) roomful that the MaPP process was in his experience, one of the most “ground up” efforts he’d ever seen. If anything, we were sweating the small stuff and not giving ourselves a pat on the back for getting the big picture basically right. It was a good reminder.
Fast forward 2 years, and the MaPP plans are finally endorsed. The plans lay the foundation for stronger conservation for 102,000 km2 of Canada’s Pacific. There are really two cornerstones to this foundation: first, the plans are the product of years of work to assemble scientific, traditional and local ecological knowledge about the region. Second, the plans are based on the values that underpin economic and cultural wellbeing for the communities most affected by decisions that impact the coastal environment. Combining the two and adding a dash of common sense, the plans make recommendations on how to manage across human activities – from coastal forestry to tourism to energy, fishing, and more – such that the ecosystem remains strong and resilient.
Specialist, Marine Planning, Oceans, WWF-Canada