Marine Protected Areas and Marine Spatial Planning

4 January - 8 April 2021
Training Provider(s): 
Haida Gwaii Institute

HGSE 362 - Marine Protected Areas and Marine Spatial Planning

Weekly synchronous classes Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 2:30pm Pacific

What is Marine Spatial Planning (MSP)? Why plan for the management of complex coastal and marine spaces? What tools, technologies, and techniques are available to balance the interests and values of coastal communities, stakeholders, and non-human nature? What is the role of MSP in identifying conservation values and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)?

Welcome to the murky depths of MSP and MPAs! This course will link theory to practice, drawing from academic literature, international and national case studies, and the coastal places, peoples, and processes of Xaayda Gwaayaay. Over this twelve-week course, prepare to take a deep dive into the range of possible responses to these questions (hint: there is no one right answer!).

The course will cover foundational topics like ecosystem-based management and key ecological, socio-economic, and cultural considerations in the broader field of marine and coastal resource management and conservation. There will be a focus on the Canadian context and on temperate MPAs in British Columbia specifically – international examples will also be drawn upon where applicable.