The forestry industry has been at the center of a wide range of natural resource development conflicts in recent years. Various factors have contributed to creating these conditions. Expansion of forest operations in previously undeveloped areas have collided with intrinsic values and shifting social expectations that demand both protection of forest ecosystems and forest products. In many cases forest development has been caught between the legislated rights and license regimes of governments and the customary rights and governance systems of Indigenous peoples.
These legal systems are often incompatible. Consequently, holding tenures can position companies in conflict with indigenous communities. Pacific Resolutions has extensive experience in supporting collaborative initiatives to constructively respond to these types of situations
Example: Multi-stakeholder and First Nation agreements on land use (2016-2017)
Mediated and facilitated the development of resource management plans across the Province of BC including the north and central west coast (Great Bear Rain Forest), the Cariboo Chilcotin region, the Okanagan
Shuswap region, the headwaters of the Fraser, the Thompson, and the Columbia, and in the East Kootenays.