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The Great Bear Rainforest - Everything has changed

The Great Bear Rainforest—one of the largest tracts of temperate rainforest in the world—extends along 64,000 square kilometres (an area the size of Ireland) of the British Columbia Coast. A decade and a half ago the region was the focus of an international controversy over the logging of old growth forests. Today everything has changed.

Highlights of the agreement:

  • Consensus among a broad range of coastal interests following more than a decade of planning and collaboration.

  • Collaborative governance based on a new relationship between the British Columbia government and First Nations.

  • A legally designated protected areas network that encompasses one third of the region (2.1 million ha/4.9million acres).

  • Legally designated system of ecosystem-based management designed for the Great Bear Rainforest that seeks, over time, to secure low ecological risk to the rainforest and high degrees of human wellbeing.


As a result of the efforts of many, the rainforest is ecologically secure, social and cultural values are respected and a reliable supply of forest products from the region is available to customers around the world.

Over the past decade, the Joint Solutions Project (JSP), an initiative of a group of coastal forestry businesses (BC Timber Sales, Catalyst Paper Corporation, Howe Sound Pulp & Paper, Interfor and Western Forest Products) and three environmental organizations (ForestEthics, Greenpeace and Sierra Club BC), has dedicated thousands of hours and significant financial resources to support world-leading independent science, negotiation and collaboration. This culminated in 2009 with an internationally acclaimed conservation agreement in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Latest Update - February 2013 Factsheet