25 Year Project Lifetime

Great Bear Forest Carbon Project

The Great Bear Rainforest is home to the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest remaining in the world. The resources of the Great Bear are vast and valuable to local First Nations, environmental groups, forest companies and governments. Together, these groups have adopted an Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) approach that values the forest not as a source of lumber alone, but as a balanced system that sustains biodiversity and an enriched community.

Organizations and individuals now have a unique opportunity to protect this valuable resource by investing in a conservation economy through the purchase of carbon offsets. Up to 1,000,000 tCO2e are issued per year.


The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project is an Improved Forest Management project, which generates emission reductions by protecting forest areas that were previously designated, sanctioned or approved for commercial logging. The project activities include changes in land-use legislation and regulation that result in the protection of forest areas and reduction of harvest levels. The Project protects and increases carbon stocks by converting forests that were previously available for logging to protected forests, and reduces emissions caused by harvesting, road building and other forestry operations. It is a landmark project for balancing human well being and ecological integrity through carbon finance, and is the first carbon project in North America on traditional territory with unextinguished aboriginal rights and title.


Without offset funds, the protected areas would not have been established and harvest levels would not have been reduced. The GBR is unique in that it is the only Improved Forest Management project of its scale that has equal involvement with the First Nations and the BC Government, strong legal and policy foundations, and robust data to support the quantification of ecosystem services. This is not simply a conservation project; it is a model for sustainable development in an economically valuable but ecologically and culturally vulnerable areas.


Funds from the sale of carbon offsets in the GBR will go towards creating jobs within the First Nations Communities in the Project area. By creating a conservation economy that puts a dollar value on carbon absorption, funds are returned to the original stewards of this land. Returning forest management to the Coastal First Nations addresses longstanding concerns about new employment at home for First Nations in the Great Bear region.


If you would like to learn more about an opportunity to invest in this monumental project, email greatbear@offsetters.ca, or call us at 604.646.0400.



LocationNorth and Central-Mid Coast & Haida Gwaii, BC Canada

Project TypeImproved Forest Management

StandardBC Forest Carbon Offset Protocol (FCOP)