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Great Bear Forest Carbon Project
The Great Bear Rainforest is home to the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest remaining in the world. The resources of the Great Bear are vast and valuable to Coastal First Nations, environmental groups, forest companies and governments. Together, these groups have adopted an Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) approach that values the forest not as a source of lumber alone, but as a balanced system that sustains biodiversity and an enriched community.
Organizations and individuals now have a unique opportunity to protect this valuable resource by investing in a conservation economy through the purchase of carbon offsets.
HOW IT WORKS
The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project is an Improved Forest Management project, which generates emission reductions by protecting forest areas that were previously designated, sanctioned or approved for commercial logging. The project activities include changes in land-use legislation and regulation that result in the protection of forest areas and reduction of harvest levels. The Project protects and increases carbon stocks by converting forests that were previously available for logging to protected forests, and reduces emissions caused by harvesting, road building and other forestry operations. It is a landmark project for balancing human well being and ecological integrity through carbon finance, and is the first carbon project in North America on traditional territory with unextinguished aboriginal rights and title.
CARBON OFFSETS MADE IT HAPPEN
Without offset funds, the protected areas would not have been established and harvest levels would not have been reduced. The GBR is unique in that it is the only Improved Forest Management project of its scale that has equal involvement with the First Nations and the BC Government, strong legal and policy foundations, and robust data to support the quantification of ecosystem services. This is not simply a conservation project; it is a model for sustainable development in an economically valuable but ecologically and culturally vulnerable area.
OTHER BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT
Funds from the sale of carbon offsets in the GBR will go towards creating jobs within the First Nations Communities in the Project area. By creating a conservation economy that puts a dollar value on carbon absorption, funds are returned to the original stewards of this land. Returning forest management to the Coastal First Nations addresses longstanding concerns about new employment at home for First Nations in the Great Bear region.
INVEST IN A CONSERVATION ECONOMY
If you would like to learn more about an opportunity to invest in this monumental project, email greatb...@offsetters.ca, or call us at 604.646.0400.
Project At A Glance Project Location: North and Central-Mid Coast & Haida Gwaii, BC Canada Project Type: Improved Forest Management Standard: BC Forest Carbon Offset Protocol (FCOP) Credits Generated per Year: up to 1,000,000 tCO2e Equivalent # of cars removed from the road annually: up to 208,333 (Based on EPA GHG Equivalency Calculator) Validator: Stantec Verifier: KPMG Project Start Dates: 2009/2011 Project Lifetime: 25 years