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Land and Resource Management Planning Processes

(1997-2005)

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.