North and Central Coast Protected Area Planning
In February 2006 British Columbia announced land use decisions for the
North and Central Coast that protects some of the most spectacular
and ecologically diverse regions of the world, including critical Spirit
Bear habitat. The combined protected areas announced as part of this
decision total approximately 1.8 million hectares, more than three times
the size of Prince Edward Island. The decision introduced Conservancies as
a new designation of protected area in the Province.
Currently, 65 new Conservancies have been designated, with the remainder
of the proposed Conservancies anticipated for designation in spring 2008.
The agreement reached on these areas represents an unprecedented collaboration
between First Nations, industry, environmentalists, local government
and many other stakeholders in managing the vast richness of B.C.’s
coast for the benefit of all British Columbians. Since announcement of
these decisions, the Ministry of Environment has been busy designating
protected areas, formalizing Collaborative Management
Agreements, developing a coastal protected area operations
program and initiating management planning processes to provide management
direction for individual protected areas.
The process for preparing a management plan involves a careful analysis
of the overall goals of the protected area, use patterns, management
objectives, and possible sources of conflict among protected area policies.
Through the planning process, various options for managing the protected area
are developed and assessed.
The North and Central Coast Planning processes and the signed government-to-government
agreements with First Nations provide some initial direction on the
purpose and values to be protected within the newly designated conservancies.
However, further detailed site specific values, aspirations and uses
need to be considered and incorporated into individual protected area
plans. Three regions of the Ministry of Environment (Cariboo, Skeena
and Vancouver Island) are engaged with area First Nations, local government,
users and interest groups on the initiation and completion of management
plans for the newly announced conservancies. The specific process for
each individual protected area is being tailored to the specific circumstances
and issues associated with the individual protected area and consistent
with the Collaborative Protected Area Agreements that have been signed
and are included in background information further down on this page.
In all cases, involvement and input from the public are desired.
A generalized questionnaire is available that allows for your input
into how these spectacular areas will be managed in the future.
In responding to the questionnaire, it may be helpful for you to refer
to one of the associated maps referenced above. To complete
a questionnaire please click here. [LINK TO QUESTIONNAIRE PAGE - here
is a sample questionnaire]
For additional opportunities for engagement and input into specific plans
please refere to the regional coastal planning pages referenced below:
Link to Cariboo Region Coastal Protected Area Planning [At the page
include a listing of designated protected areas within Region x, and further
information on active and future planning processes for the coastal area]
Link to Skeena Region Coastal Protected Area
Link to Vancouver Island Central Coast Protected Area Planning
Collaborative Protected Area Agreements
First Nations and the Province of British Columbia
Signed collaborative management agreements
- Gitga’at First Nation
- Haisla First Nation (Kitlope Heritage Conservancy)
- Heiltsuk First Nation (Hakai Pass)
- Kitasoo Xais Xais First Nation (Kitasoo Spirit Bear Protected Area)
- Metlakatla First Nation
Creation of Conservancy areas
February 7, 2006 Announcement
For more information on the North and Central Coast Land
Use Decision please visit the Integrated
Land Management Bureau’s
Coastal Land Use Decision Implementation website.