GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST
A forest solution in the making
The Great Bear Rainforest is a lush coastal wilderness where the salmon teem and spirit bears roam free. Until recently, this picture-perfect setting was under threat from industrial logging. After waves of local and international protests, discussions were held by the Government of British Columbia (BC), representatives of indigenous First Nations groups, environmental organisations and forest industry leading to landmark decisions in 2006 and 2009. A series of conservation agreements committed to protecting 70% of the natural levels of old-growth forests, as well as logging controls, recognition of the rights of First Nations inhabitants and measures to improve community well-being.