YOUR help is needed to protect the world's largest intact temperate rainforest, the Great Bear Rainforest, by sending the government of British Columbia, Canada, a fax through the website: www.savethegreatbear.org
Below is a joint statement by the coastal indigenous native bands and environmental groups about the Great Bear Rainforest deal:
From the Amazon basin to the Great Barrier Reef, the challenge on the Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii is echoed around the world: How do we integrate the needs of natural systems with the needs of the people who depend upon them for their livelihoods and way of life? The coastal rainforests and waters are a vital natural, cultural and economic resource for First Nations, coastal communities and British Columbia as a whole. To be successful, land use agreements must not only preserve the lands and protect its ecological integrity?they must also respect indigenous cultures and strengthen local economies. To be successful, conservation must be sustainable, both ecologically and economically.