The Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program (BIEAP) and the Fraser River Environmental Management Program (FREMP) pioneered an intergovernmental model of coordinated environmental management. The two Programs brought together Federal, Provincial and Regional levels of government and established important interagency communications and collaborations. The BIEAP and FREMP forum achieved significant outcomes for its partners and the sustainability of Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River Estuary ecosystems.
In recent years, the evolving mandates of the partner organizations, along with legislative changes, reduced the functions and benefits of the interagency forum. As a result, after 28 years of coordination, the BIEAP-FREMP office closed its doors on March 31, 2013.