First Nations representatives from BC’s Central Coast travel to South America later this month to share their experience with Coast Funds, the conservation fund set up to protect and benefit the Great Bear Rainforest.
The World Wildlife Fund wants to create a similar permanently-financed protected area in Peru and has arranged for two days of talks between BC’s Indigenous representatives and their counterparts from Peru and Columbia.
BC representitives like Chief Councillor Douglass Neasloss of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation will offer their perspective on the establishment and operation of ecotourism businesses like Spirit Bear Lodge and stewardship programs like the Guardian Watchmen.
Douglass Neasloss says the fund model and Great Bear Rainforest agreement has changed their world.
Since 2007, Coast Funds has invested nearly 77-million dollars into 330 conservation and sustainable development projects across the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii, and will permanently support area First Nations.
(With files from The Canadian Press)