The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project covers more than 14 million acres in British Columbia and is home to the largest remaining intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world. This unique landscape protects the habitats of many species of organisms that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet, such as the Kermode bear—fully white black bears that hold a prominent place in the oral histories of the indigenous peoples who live in the project area. The Great Bear Rainforest project is a landmark project in Canada and represents the first project in North America on First Nation territory with unextinguished land rights and title. Great Bear balances human wellbeing with the improved management of the land, distributing carbon credit revenue among the Coastal First Nations group, a groundbreaking organization that brings together the 9 First Nation communities who inhabit the area. The project utilizes improved forest management practices to balance timber harvesting with the overall health of the forest in an ecosystem-based management regime. It allows for recreational use of the land, contributing to the important tourism economy. The creation of the Great Bear Rainforest project also designated many new cultural heritage sites, protecting them from logging.
Metric tons of carbon dioxide reduced each year
Million acres of land protected
- Utilizes improved forest management practices to balance timber harvesting with the overall health of the forest.
- Protects coastal and marine environments that are home to many threatened species.
- Reduces 1,000,000 tons of Co2 each year.
The BC Carbon Registry is established under the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act. The BC Carbon Registry enables the issuance, transfer, and retirement of compliance units used to fulfill the compliance obligation of regulated operations under the Act, and supports the Province of British Columbia’s annual commitment to have a carbon neutral public sector. Projects that follow the BC Carbon Offset Protocol are verified under ISO 14064-2.