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Dan Adamson, LRMP Coordinator
LRMP PART 2
More answers to questions... questions about the relationship between an LRMP table and government, who talks to who, and the role of the facilitator.
(click here for a chart on the LRMP table - how it all fits together)
SpruceRoots - What role does the provincial government play in monitoring Land and Resources Management Plan (LRMP) processes?
Dan Adamson - The provincial Cabinet is asking interested people on Haida Gwaii to make strategic level recommendations dealing with resources management. The provincial government gives some leeway in the process to allow LRMP participants to come up with locally created recommendations that fit local conditions and interests. At the same time, the Ministers have recognized that it is important to keep informed on how LRMP participants are dealing with various issues and interests. In the end, the Ministers want to approve a set of recommendations that the province can deliver on. So the province will want to look at how all the objectives and strategies fit within the legislation and policies.
I think this kind of monitoring throughout the process is better than to leave it until a draft document is completed at the end of two years of table meetings. This way we can take it chunk by chunk and see how it's going to work. If issues or concerns come up we can address each of them one at a time through the process.
The provincial government is also developing a framework to measure how well the province implements approved plans, how effective the plans are at resolving land use issues, and to provide a set of tools that both government and LRMP participants can use to monitor and evaluate the LRMP implementation. We should have this information at the beginning of our process. It will be helpful to know how objectives and strategies are going to be measured.
Is there a system for reporting LUCO and government directives to the LRMP table? (LUCO is the government of BC's office, charged with coming up with land use plans for all of the province by the year 2001.)
Dan Adamson - Throughout the LRMP process, I will be ensuring that government staff from a number of agencies are available to give information to LRMP participants about legislation, regulations, and policies. The information can be used by the participants to gauge how their recommendations would be implemented and if changes to government policies are needed.
Part of my job as coordinator is to make sure the LRMP participants have enough information about government directives to understand the implications of their recommendations.
I will also be keeping Land Use Coordination Office informed of the progress that the Table is making. Its a two-way street really I carry messages from the Table to LUCO as issues arise, and I also ensure that information and advice coming from LUCO gets back to the Table.
This back and forth communication is important because it is in everyone's best interest to know if the recommendations being developed by the Table are achievable. We need to ensure that the time and energy that participants dedicate to the process is worth our efforts while also remembering that it is government agencies that are responsible for carrying out the land use plan. The balance between providing information on government legislation and policies and allowing the Table to develop local solutions to solve local issues is a central part of managing a successful consensus-based process.
What is the line of command in the LRMP process?
Dan Adamson - As the LRMP coordinator, it is my job to manage the process and to ensure that the goals and objectives of the process are being carried out, and to Chair the meetings. I report directly to the Chair of the Interagency Management Committee District Manager for the Prince Rupert Region (Jim Snetsinger, Regional Manager, Ministry of Forests is chair until June 1st, then Hugh Markides, District Manager, BC Parks takes over) and I also have a consultative reporting relationship to LUCO. Aside from these internal government reporting relationships I am accountable to the LRMP participants. I know that it is important for participants to have confidence in the process coordinator.
Stuart Gale, the facilitator, reports to me and is hired to assist with solving problems, helping with communications and negotiations and with managing the process.
The process will also be supported by a number of government staff (Interagency Planning Team) from various resource agencies that will provide information and advice for the participants to consider in their negotiations. I chair the Interagency Planning Team to ensure that the work plan agreed to by the LRMP participants is followed, that information requests are followed through, and that the Interagency Planning Team functions to support the work of the LRMP Table.
As well, there will likely be a number of sub-committees struck to do certain tasks for the Table. These sub-committees will be chaired by a person acceptable to the group and will report back to the Table.
What is the role of facilitator Stuart Gale, and how does he receive direction?
Dan Adamson - Stuart Gale reports to me under contract to assist me with facilitating the process and the meetings. We work as a team and both of our jobs relate to making the process work. This means that if the LRMP participants have raised an issue, a concern, or a task that needs to be done, it is our job to address those requests. In this way we both work to support the Table.
I now that neutrality is a big issue here on Haida Gwaii, as it has been in other LRMP processes. While this is a government supported process, the issue of neutrality is addressed in a number of ways. First, LUCO is an agency that is separate from any one resource ministry. As well, since I report to an interagency committee and to LUCO I will not be directed by any specific agency. It is my job to manage and coordinate the process in a balanced manner - not to speak to the interests that a single ministry might have. Finally, the use of a professional facilitator will help to ensure that the process considers all values and is fair and balanced to each interest.
At the LRMP Workshop held in Port Clements, the Mayor of Fort Nelson (speaking to his involvement in the Fort Nelson LRMP) said, "Industry was involved because they were assured certainty that in the non-protected areas they would be given enhanced access to the resources." Is this assurance a bottom line for LUCO, is this policy? Does LUCO have criteria for development zones that the table is expected to implement?
Dan Adamson - This is a big question that really needs to be discussed once we form the LRMP table. In my experience from other LRMPs, this question takes a long time for the Table to work through. In general, the government's policy is that LRMP tables can recommend new protected areas, but outside of protected areas there needs to be reasonable access given to resource development and exploration (in the case of mineral or energy resources). So outside of protected areas (both existing and recommended), the Table is being asked to negotiate recommendations about what types of resource development is acceptable across the landscape and how resource development should be managed.
Throughout the LRMP process participants will be negotiating management objectives and strategies that will take into account such things as: the values of the area; what human activity has already occurred (how altered is the landscape); and, what can the area contribute in the long-term towards meeting social, environmental, and economic objectives. Some areas may be zoned as "general management" where others may be zoned as "special management." Since there will also be a coastal-marine component to this LRMP, there will need to be some thought given to special zones for non-terrestrial areas. The definition of the zones will be worked out at the Table as we prepare the terms of reference for the process.
At the LRMP Workshop in Port Clements you (Dan Adamson) said that it would be around six months before the process gets going. What are you doing in the interim? Are meetings taking place? Are studies going on?
Dan Adamson - It will take some time before the Council of the Haida Nation makes a decision regarding participation in the LRMP process. Also I have learned that few people will be available to meet between July and September, so that puts us to October at the earliest before we can officially hold our first LRMP session. Much of my time over the next few months will be meeting with representatives of the Haida Nation.
In this interim period, I will also be continuing to meet with various interest groups, stakeholders, and individuals to discuss the goals and objectives of the LRMP, to discuss issues that need to come forward in the process, and to show examples of terms of reference from other LRMP processes and get feedback from people on those. I will also be overseeing the information we are compiling for the process, pulling together resource binders of information that might be useful for participants.
I plan to hold evening discussion sessions in each community to give community members a chance to learn more about the LRMP and give me their views and perspectives. I will also be involved with securing funds to support the process, and preparing budgets. Finally, I will be taking some training courses to assist me with my duties, and some holidays so I can explore Haida Gwaii.
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