Major new conservation complex underway
Great Bear Coast
WWF applauds the agreement reached in Canada’s British Columbia after 20 years of negotiations to protect 85 per cent of the rainforest from logging. In 2007, after 10 years of civil unrest over proposals to log this old-growth rainforest, government, forest companies, First Nations and environmental organizations agreed a world-leading model of ecosystem management, which WWF recognized as a Gift to the Earth to encourage the further development of the initiative. Close to a further 10 years later, this lengthy process has resulted in a commitment to protect 6.4 million hectares along the coast. The remaining 15 per cent will be accessible for logging, but will have to meet stringent sustainability standards. WWF is now calling on government and First Nations to complete the process by moving to protect the coastal and marine zone of the Great Bear Sea bordering the rainforest – one of the world’s most biologically rich and diverse coldwater marine environments – to create a globally signiﬁcant forest, freshwater and marine conservation complex with stunning arrays of terrestrial and marine species.