North and Central Coast Conservancy Planning

Background Information

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 (see news releases). The combined protected areas, including both the new and existing areas, announced as part of this decision total approximately 1.8 million hectares, more than three times the size of Prince Edward Island. As a result of this decision, Conservancies were developed 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 land use decisions represent 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 the announcement of these decisions, the B.C. Government has been designating protected areas, formalizing Collaborative Protected Area Management Agreements with First Nations, developing a coastal protected area operations program and initiating management planning processes to provide management direction for individual protected areas.


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News Releases and Backgrounders

Creation of Conservancy areas
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.

Management Planning

The North and Central Coast Planning processes and land use agreements with First Nations provide some initial direction on the purpose and values to be protected within the newly designated conservancies. However, further detailed values, aspirations and uses for each conservancy need to be considered and incorporated into individual protected area plans. BC Parks is engaged with First Nations, local government, users and interest groups on the initiation and completion of management plans for the conservancies. For more information on active projects visit our Active Planning Pages.