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BC invests in the development and conservation of the Great Bear Sea

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Dec6,2023

BC . invests in the development and conservation of the Great Bear Sea

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The northern continental shelf region, also known as the Great Bear Sea, encompasses the marine environments adjacent to the Great Bear Rainforest, shown in the photo. (Archive photo)

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British Columbia invests $60 million to boost economic development on the province's north coast and commits to do so by protecting the coastal ecosystem, encouraging a First Nations-led conservation model.

The government says the grant managed by the Coast Funds Foundation, an arm's-length fund administrator, will create new jobs and advance sustainable fishing and other economic prospects in the Northern Continental Shelf region, also known as the Great Bear Sea.

He estimates that this investment could attract an additional $200 million from other sources, including the federal government, First Nations and private donors.

In this way, according to the government, the First Nations in the region will be able to count on stable funding in order to be able to create stewardship and guardianship programs for the marine environment. The sum is also to support existing measures such as the North Pacific Marine Plan Partnership (MaPP) and the Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Network Action Plan.

Through sustainable conservation financing, we will help secure the future of our marine ecosystems, fisheries and coastal communities, said the Premier of British Columbia, David Eby.

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If we protect entire ecosystems in which people and communities coexist with natural ecosystems, indigenous stewardship constitutes a model for the conservation and sustainable management of resources worldwide, welcomed K̓áwáziɫ Marilyn Slett, President of Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative and Chief Advisor of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council.

This funding provides vital long-term support for stewardship measures that preserve ecosystem health and biodiversity while creating new jobs and improving the social and economic well-being of coastal communities.

A quote from K̓áwáziɫ Marilyn Slett, President of Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative and Chief Advisor to the Heiltsuk Tribal Council Indigenous-led Northern Continental Shelf and funding for the Great Bear Sea Permanence Project are crucial steps toward our shared goal of further protecting British Columbia's North Coast region, added the federal minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault.

Permanence Project Funding is a model designed to ensure financial stability and continuity of initiatives through the combined investments of multiple parties, as explained the province.

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Geographic location of the Great Bear Rainforest.

According to the federal government, the Great Bear Rainforest is the first permanent project in Canada and was the first in the world. It covers 6.4 million hectares on the north and central coast of British Columbia.

The Northern Continental Shelf bioregion, located off these coasts, encompasses marine environments adjacent to the Great Bear Rainforest. This area, which extends south from the Alaska Peninsula and includes Haida Gwaii and the waters surrounding northern Vancouver Island, is home to diverse and abundant marine life, including whales. , salmon, seabirds, crustaceans, kelp forests and eelgrass meadows.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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