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The Georgia Basin Action Plan

Georgia Basin Action Plan Update 2005

The Georgia Basin

The Georgia Basin is comprised of the Strait of Georgia, part of an inland sea which encompasses Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca as well as the lands and watersheds that surround and drain into the Strait. This transboundary ecosystem is characterized by both an abundance and diversity of life.

Map showing the Puget Sound Georgia Basin and the Strait of Juan de Fuca

The Georgia Basin Action Plan

The Georgia Basin Action Plan was a partnership initiative led out of Environment Canada with a vision of a “healthy, productive and sustainable ecosystems and communities in the Georgia Basin.“ This vision provided opportunities for other agencies and organizations to participate in the Action Plan as project partners. Georgia Basin Action Plan signatory partners included Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada, the Bristish Columbia Ministry of Environment and the Coast Salish First Nations. Collectively these organizations applied their respective mandates to undertake projects supporting the Georgia Basin Action Plan Vision.

The Georgia Basin Action Plan had four goals:

  1. Collaborative stewardship actions support the sustainability of the Georgia Basin
  2. Sustainable land, aquatic and resource planning and management support the conservation, protection and restoration of the environment, enhance human well-being and contribute to a strengthened economy
  3. Scientific and indigenous knowledge supports improved decision-making by enhancing the understanding of key ecosystem stresses
  4. Targeted ecosystems are protected and restored

The Georgia Basin Action Plan officially ended on March 31, 2009. However, Environment Canada continues to work with partners in the Georgia Basin to support the health and well-being of Canadians, the conservation and protection of our natural heritage.

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