21 Mar 2014

The Great Bear Rainforest

Ruan Tao writes:*

The Great Bear Rainforest is a zone of coastal temperate rainforest located at the North and Central Coast of British Columbia. It is home to many Aboriginals, animals and plants. The environmental affairs of the Great Bear Rainforest have been discussed for many years. However, it will still take quite a long time to fully resolve the problems. The resolving of these problems needs efforts of different kinds of social groups such as the B.C government, forestry industry, environmental organizations and the First Nations government. As a whole, the First Nations should be the one who have legal rights to the resource management because they are the owners of the forest and enjoy the benefits and bear the costs of outcomes mostly. Moreover, any other group that are stakeholders of the Great Bear Rainforest should attain an opportunity to participate in the decision-making process and address various kinds of novel views to improve the quality of the decision such as extracting resources or protecting the environment.

Bottom Line: The Great Bear Rainforest affairs should be handled by different kinds of social groups and they need to co-operate in order to generate the best outcomes of the resource management and the environmental protection.

* These guest posts are from students in my resource economics class at Simon Fraser University. Please leave feedback on their logic, ideas and style and suggestions of how to improve.