Kitasoo Xaixais Gitga’at Protocol and Pilot Project

(2001-2003)

Two First Nations on the BC coast (Gitga’at and Kitasoo Xaixais) spearheaded this pilot project, which focused on collaborative testing and development of Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) concepts and methodologies as well as Conservation Financing models. The pilot was initiated and jointly funded on the basis of a protocol agreement between these First Nations, forest companies and environmental groups. Over a two year period, the pilot process developed and delivered EBM concepts and methodologies that made significant contributions to the Coast Information Team, FN planning processes and provincially sponsored multi-party planning processes. Pacific Resolutions mediated and facilitated the Protocol and then coordinated and facilitated the pilot from convening through completion.