Province launches public engagement on strengthening Great Bear Rainforest

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Government collaboration with First Nations and stakeholders

Over the past five years, the Province of British Columbia and First Nation governments, in partnership with stakeholders, have made significant progress implementing the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) agreements.

This collaboration included:

  • engaging with other jurisdictions to ensure First Nations with GBR-based carbon offsets are able to access national and international regulated and voluntary markets;
  • implementing a climate-action plan that supports communities to decarbonize energy systems (including switching from diesel generators to electric power), reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and prepare and implement climate-change mitigation and adaptation plans;
  • developing plans and resourcing arrangements that support the creation of community-based sustainable shellfish, kelp, and seaweed aquaculture industries;
  • working on policy changes that could improve the economic viability of GBR-based forestry operations;
  • supporting the development of federal Indigenous Guardian and Watchmen programs, and First Nations monitoring and environmental research and management;
  • making substantial progress on completing landscape reserve designs (LRDs) that will fully implement the old-growth network in the GBR;
  • through Coast Funds, making significant investments in First Nation business development, conservation and stewardship capacity; and
  • developing new policy and decision-making processes that support the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Timeline of Great Bear Rainforest collaboration

The Province and First Nations technical representatives complete their review of GBR implementation and develop a consensus package of potential changes for public consultation.

Coast Funds’ investments in First Nations conservation and economic development reach $105.9 million for 432 unique projects in the Great Bear Rainforest.

The legislated periodic review of Great Bear Rainforest implementation begins, led by representatives from the Province, coastal First Nations and Nanwakolas Council.

The first round of landscape reserve designs (LRDs) receive government-to-government endorsement, beginning the last phase in the completion of the old-growth reserve network.

An interim policy was agreed government-to-government to delay harvest decisions for areas without First-Nations-endorsed LRDs.

Coastal First Nations and the Province of British Columbia sign a memorandum of understanding to continue and expand their work to protect the environment and boost the regional economy.

The province invests $2.5 million over three years to support conservation and capacity funding for ecological monitoring, aquatic habitat restoration, First Nations strategic planning and land and marine stewardship.

B.C. government ends grizzly bear hunting in the province.

B.C. government passes the Great Bear Rainforest (Forest Management) Act to conserve 85% of the forest and 70% of old growth.

B.C. government enacts new Great Bear Rainforest Land Use Order to legally implement elements of the announcement.

B.C. government, after government-to-government discussions, invites public comments on a new proposed Great Bear Rainforest Land Use Order and potential new Special Forest Management Areas.

Joint Solutions Project submits detailed recommendations to B.C. government, coastal First Nations and Nanwakolas Council.

B.C. government reaches reconciliation protocol agreements with coastal First Nations and Nanwakolas Council. One outcome is to increase First Nations’ participation in the forest sector and in protecting cultural and social interests.

The Province establishes 114 conservancies and 21 biodiversity, mining and tourism areas between 2006 and 2009.

B.C. government amends the land use orders to protect 50% of natural historic old-growth forests; all participants agree to a five-year work plan to implement ecosystem-based management.

New legal land-use orders are established for the South Central Coast and Central North Coast.

B.C. and First Nations announce the Coast Land Use Decision and commit to ecosystem-based management throughout the Great Bear Rainforest.

Planning participants deliver consensus recommendations to the B.C. government; discussions begin with area First Nations governments.

Several coastal forest companies and environmental groups agree to collaborate through a joint solutions project.

Land and resource management planning begins on the coast of B.C.