This initiative is focused on the development of an integrated land and sea management plan for Gwaii Haanas.
Since 2010, the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site has operated under an interim marine management plan. The CHN and the Government of Canada (Parks Canada/DFO) are in the process of developing a land-sea-people management plan that will provide strategic direction on managing Gwaii Haanas’ natural and cultural heritage from mountain top to sea floor.
Haida have always known that gina ‘waadluxan gud ad kwaagiida – everything depends on everything else. Integrated management of marine and terrestrial areas considers the relationships between species and habitats, and accounts for short-term, long-term, and cumulative effects of human activities on the environment.
Gwaii Haanas comprises the southern portion of Haida Gwaii and includes 138 islands that are only accessible only by boat or by seaplane.
The CHN and the Government of Canada (Parks Canada/DFO) cooperatively manage Gwaii Haanas through the Archipelago Management Board.