Great Bear (North and Central-Mid Coast) Forest Carbon Project

This project is an Improved Forest Management project located in the Great Bear Rainforest in BC, Canada. For thousands of years, the coastal First Nations have carefully managed the abundance of natural resources. Today, the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest left in the world and is home to ancient cedars, towering Sitka spruce, fungi, wolves, grizzly and black bears, salmon, the marbled murrelet and the rare white kermode bear.

Precendent-setting agreements between the Government of BC and the First Nations have resulted in a unique benefit sharing agreement that enables a forest carbon project to take place on government lands subject to unextinguished aboriginal rights and title. Reconciliation Protocols signed between the BC Government and the Coastal First Nations (an alliance of First Nations communities on British Columbia’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii) produce and share revenue from carbon credits generated on traditional First Nations territory.

The forest carbon offset project supports the development of a conservation economy and revenue from carbon offset sales are returned to the original stewards of this land. The revenue creates training and employment in a new, sustainable industry; it supports the communities and the cultures that originated here, and it acts as a model for a low carbon economy.

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Project Details

Project type:
Improved Forest Management
BC Canada
Project developer(s) or entities involved:
Carbon Credit Corp
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Project size:
1,918,000 hectares
Total actual emissions reductions:
>5 million tonnes tCO2e
Estimated annual emissions reductions:
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Voluntary carbon markets
Official project start date:
Standard(s) and project area certifications:
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Crediting period:
25 years
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Official tenure and land-use rights on the project site(s):
Communities/farmers under some kind of collective or customary tenure
Co-benefits of the project to people or ecosystems:
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Drivers of deforestation or forest degradation in the project area:
Planned commercial logging
Project activities that address deforestation or forest degradation:
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Forest/land cover type:
Temperate coniferous
Tenure and use rights:
Communities/farmers under some kind of collective or customary tenure
Species planting mix:
Only native species planted; no exotic species
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