At a special reception at the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5), 15 First Nations, along with federal and provincial governments, jointly endorsed the Great Bear Sea MPA Network Action Plan.
The plan is a model of collaborative governance and provides a planned approach to establishing MPAs across the North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii — including a proposed design for the network, and recommendations for potential designation tools, conservation objectives and implementation timelines for the protection of future sites.
Partners are now working together to advance a sustainable conservation finance arrangement that will support long-term funding for ongoing network implementation, management and stewardship.
The evening reception included a panel discussion with coastal leaders, and a special screening of the following film and trailer on the historic creation of the Great Bear Sea MPA Network.
MPA Network Partners Endorse Plan to Protect Great Bear Sea
Learn about the collaborative effort to create the Great Bear Sea MPA Network