The purpose of the Joint Solutions Project (JSP) is to reduce conflict, collaborate to implement ecosystem-based management (EBM) and constructively engage with other stakeholders involved in implementing the consensus land use agreements in place in the Great Bear Rainforest.

The JSP began as a unique effort between a group of forest products businesses and environmental groups interested in exploring ways to end market-based conflict over forests in the Great Bear Rainforest.

To achieve their objective, CFCI participants work with three environmental groups in a unique undertaking called the Joint Solutions Project (JSP). The purpose of the Joint solutions Project is to generate new solutions to old conflicts over coastal temperate rainforests. The JSP is a collaboration between forest products producers and environmental groups focused on developing and implementing a model for conservation and management of globally significant coastal forests —a model that fully integrates social, economic and ecological factors.

The environmental groups involved in the Joint Solutions Project are:

Sierra Club BC

While the businesses and environmental groups participating in the JSP do not agree on everything, they do agree on enough to work together on specific issues. When it comes to the Great Bear Rainforest they agree that:

  • This ecosystem is ecologically significant in a local, regional, national and global context;

  • Ecosystem-based management will provide the basis for forest conservation and timber harvesting in the region;

  • The social and economic impacts of change must be equitably addressed and must respect the interests of all affected parties as well as the need for community wellbeing;

  • New approaches to investment and economic opportunities for conservation and ecosystem-based management of coastal forests can help create benefits for everyone involved; and

  • Everyone who benefits from forests in the region needs to contribute to solutions.

The JSP continues to work with other interests in the Great Bear Rainforest to implement an ecosystem-based management (EBM) framework that guides resource management intended to achieve ecological integrity and the wellbeing of people and communities that depend on the region's resources.