Sonia Jind

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - BC Chapter
The Government of Canada, Province of BC, and 17 First Nations have committed to creating a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) off northern BC’s pacific coast.  How can we ensure that the necessary science is being meaningfully integrated into that planning process?  At Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC), an environmental non-profit, we have the opportunity as conservation sector representatives to amplify conservation research and get the science into the hands of the MPA Network planners.  From a planner's perspective, GIS and other spatial tools such as Seasketch improve the MPA design process by allowing all decision-makers and stakeholders to review the data layers in a spatial analysis.  However, these spatial tools are powerless without the input of marine datasets and research. Integrating as many marine datasets as possible gives planners and stakeholders the power to collectively minimize uncertainty and user-conflict during stakeholder processes by providing baseline ecological, cultural and socio-economic values and uses for all parties to analyze and discuss.  At CPAWS-BC, we supply and review datasets and spatial outputs during MPA stakeholder consultation processes.  We also work with academia to facilitate integral marine ecological research such as dynamic ecosystem modelling and ecological zoning analyses for MPA planning.  Here we explore the power of GIS and spatial research in reducing ecological uncertainty and promoting collaboration and inclusivity for multiple processes including MPA Network planning.

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Wednesday, December 5