International Projects

Pacific Resolutions Directors and Associates have been instrumental to successful resolution/completion of the many International initiatives and projects.

Land and Resource Management Planning Processes


LRMP processes are multi-party round table negotiation processes that address land use issues over large areas of British Columbia. The issues are complex, involving environmental, social and economic variables such as protecting biodiversity and wilderness, while maintaining community stability and economic development opportunities. The processes employ facilitation, mediation and training to assist the parties in resolving these issues by agreement. The Okanagan Shuswap LRMP process reached agreement on their LRMP recommendations in September, 2000. The Lillooet LRMP reached multi-stakeholder agreement to conclude the LRMP on the basis of Final Offer Selection in 2000. Stakeholders coalesced around two options for recommendation to government that reflected an unprecedented degree of common ground. The North Coast LRMP retained Pacific Resolutions to assist in process design, convening and training as well as mediation and facilitation in relation to finalizing recommendations. The Central Coast LRMP Table reached Agreement with mediated support from Pacific Resolutions on an interim plan in March 2001 which resulted in suspension of an international market campaign against coastal forest products from BC and creation of several internationally significant protected Areas – notably the Spirit Bear Protected Area. This agreement was selected by Time Magazine as the “number one” environmental achievement for 1999. More recently, the Central Coast LRMP Process has reached a final Agreement which is now being considered on a Government to Government basis between the Province of BC and relevant First Nations.

Conservation Investments and Incentives Initiative


The Conservation Investments and Incentives Initiative(CIII) is a joint initiative of the Province of British Columbia and a group of philanthropic foundations to ascertain the feasibility of using conservation based investment and financing instruments in coastal British Columbia. The initial phase of this initiative operated through a Steering Committee facilitated by Pacific Resolutions.

Lower Mainland Protected Areas Public Advisory Committee


This Advisory Committee consisted of representatives from the environmental community, forestry industry, labor community, logging contractor community, outdoor recreation community, mining industry, tourism industry, and the municipal and provincial government. Consensus recommendations on finalizing the Protected Areas Strategy in the Lower Mainland were agreed to by the entire Committee in August, 1996 and subsequently accepted and acted upon by the provincial government in their entirety in October, 1996.

Corporate/ENGO Mediation


Pacific Resolutions was retained to mediate ongoing discussions between a major Canadian forest products company and an international environmental organization regarding a variety of conservation issues associated with the company’s operations throughout Canada. The parties have successfully dealt with a number of issues.

Coast Information Team


The Coast Information Team (CIT) is an independent, international science team mandated to develop locally and internationally credible information and advice on Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) for land use planning processes on the Central and North Coast and Queen Charlotte Islands\Haida Gwaii in British Columbia. The CIT was established as a result of multi-party land use policy agreements in 2001. The CIT Funding Agreement among the Provincial Government, Forest Companies, Environmental Groups and First Nations, provided in excess of $3.0 million to finance the initiative. Key CIT products include an overarching EBM Framework, the EBM Planning Handbook, the Hydroriparian planning Guide and “The Scientific Basis of EBM”. Development of these products required in depth discussions and consensus building among a wide range of scientists and interested stakeholders. Multi-party planning processes have adopted all of these products as the basis for implementing EBM in coastal BC.

Cariboo-Chilcotin CORE Process


The The Commission on Resources and Environment convened multi-stakeholder processes to develop land use strategies for several regions in British Columbia. Mediated negotiations were conducted with stakeholders from a wide range of interests including the provincial government, First Nations, forest companies, environmental organizations, tourism interests and mining organizations.

Business at the Summit


Business at the Summit is a one day annual conference facilitated by Pacific Resolutions involving more than 100 leaders in the business community and representatives of First Nations from across the province.