Federal decision undermines marine protection

Planning process for BC's globally important north and central coast threatened.

The federal government recently announced its decision to pull out of a collaborative funding arrangement that would support the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) initiative, reasoning that a more focused plan needs to be developed.

CPAWS and other stakeholders are very concerned about this unilateral action by the federal government. It undermines  the joint agreement between First Nations, the province and the federal government to develop a marine use plan for BC’s north coast. It also puts in to question the ability of a wide range of stakeholders to participate in the planning process.

CPAWS is dedicated to creating a comprehensive ocean management plan though the PNCIMA process and will continue to work collaboratively with stakeholders, First Nations and the Province of B.C. to achieve a high standard of marine protection for BC’s coast.

CPAWS works on a number of projects to advance marine planning in BC, including work on climate change, conservation objectives, economic benefits of planning and review of other marine planning experience in Canada.