Natural Resource Stewardship
In B.C., we are lucky to have many natural resources. We must carefully plan how we use them to preserve our natural heritage for generations to come.
British Columbia is committed to sustainable resource management. As resource demands grow, we must be able to measure the effects of all natural resource activities, large and small, on values that are important to the people of British Columbia.
British Columbia's forest and range resources are being impacted by a changing climate. They also offer opportunities to mitigate the impacts through management.
Natural resources in B.C. are managed by laws, policies, standards or guidance that:
- Control or guide activities to ensure sustainability
- Protect the environment and human health and safety
When a major project is proposed in British Columbia, it must undergo an environmental assessment. In B.C. environmental assessments are managed by the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO), a neutral regulatory agency within the provincial government.
The Great Bear Rainforest is a global treasure that covers 6.4 million hectares on British Columbia’s north and central coast – equivalent in size to Ireland. All British Columbians have a stake in protecting it.