Improving Forest Policy Decision-Making

UBCM’s Community Economic Development Committee is pleased to release its Summary Document of the round table discussions from the forest policy decision-making session that was held at the 2016 UBCM Convention.

Session participants were specifically asked:  What steps/actions can (communities / industry / Province) take to improve consultation and engagement opportunities with respect to forest policy decision-making?

The Summary Document outlines five recommendations and identifies what proposed actions that communities, industry and the Province can take to fulfill the proposed recommendations:

  • Support for Establishment of Communication Protocols / Local Forest Advisory Committees
  • Increase Enforcement and Monitoring Efforts
  • Develop a long-term provincial forest strategy
  • Restructure existing provincial bodies to include community/local government representation
  • Mandate sustainable forest management certification

The Summary Document has been conveyed to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Honourable Steve Thomson and serves as a companion document to the earlier forestry survey report that was issued by the Community Economic Development Committee in March 2016.

The members of the Community Economic Development Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the local elected officials, provincial government staff, forest industry representatives and forestry association officials who contributed to the round table discussions.  The Committee looks forward to continuing the dialogue and encourages local governments to do the same at the local and regional level.

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