Boreal Forest Conservation Principles


In 2004, the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the conservation of boreal forests. Since then, they have been engaged in ongoing discussions with regard to the implementation of the MOU, including a facilitated multi-party workshop that produced a consensus proceedings report with action items and recomendations, and ongoing facilitated discussions associated with developing a conservation planning framework.

Coastal and Interior Joint Review of Timber Harvesting Contracts and Subcontracts Regulation


Forest Industry Associations, the IWA-Canada, and Contract Loggers’ Associations developed consensus recommendations, with the assistance of Pacific Resolutions, to amend to the Timber Harvesting Contract and Subcontract Regulation. These recommendations were adopted by the Provincial Government and the regulation was amended accordingly.

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.

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.

Joint Solutions Project


Five forest companies (Weyerhaeuser, Norske Canada , Western Forest Products, Canfor and Interfor) and four Environmental groups (Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and ForestEthics) are undertaking a joint initiative (the Joint Solutions Project) to support the development of an ecosystem based framework for forest management and planning on the central and north coast of British Columbia. Pacific Resolutions has played a key role in facilitating and mediating broad coastal agreements in highly conflicted areas.