Details from the BC Government news release:
Following extensive consultations with British Columbians, the Province has received valuable feedback that will help shape British Columbia’s first-ever Coastal Marine Strategy, co-developed with coastal First Nations.
A summary of more than 900 submissions received from individuals, environmental non-governmental organizations, local and regional governments, industry associations and businesses across British Columbia is now available in the Coastal Marine Strategy’s What We Heard report. This report summarizes key themes captured during the public engagement and will help inform the Coastal Marine Strategy.
The Coastal Marine Strategy will concentrate on activities, uses and values that the Province of British Columbia is accountable for in the coastal marine environment, while recognizing the need for strong collaboration and co-operation with First Nations and other governments that share responsibility. The strategic initiatives proposed in the Coastal Marine Strategy will expand on existing programs, present new concepts and identify shared values that will guide provincial actions over the next 20 years.
Once complete, the Coastal Marine Strategy will be strengthened through alignment and co-ordination with B.C.’s Wild Salmon Strategy and the Watershed Security Strategy, which is in development. Combined, these strategies can deliver a greater impact to healthier marine and freshwater environments, which will better support a stronger British Columbia and more resilient communities.
Read the full BC Gov news release, here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023WLRS0052-001294
Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship
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