Coast Opportunity Funds is a unique organization born in 2007 out of mutual recognition by conservationists, First Nations governments, resource industries and governments alike that a sustainable economy is vital to conservation efforts in the Central Coast, North Coast and Haida Gwaii areas of the Great Bear Rainforest of coastal British Columbia.
Why is this so important?
First Nations communities have cared for and depended on their traditional territories within this region for their cultural, social and economic wellbeing since time immemorial. The region also has compelling conservation values. The Great Bear Rainforest is a magnificent old growth forest ecosystem representing one-quarter of the world’s remaining coastal temperate rainforest, and supporting wild Pacific salmon, grizzly bears, wolves and the white Kermode or “spirit” bear among many other species.
Protection of these unique territories and the social and cultural wellbeing of the people who depend upon them is vital. Coast Opportunity Funds was created to make the vital connection between sustainable development projects that embrace conservation values; the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of the First Nations communities; and long term conservation of the region.
A Unique Vision
Designed as a global model of what conservation must become - an inherent part of healthy economies, environments and cultures – our Conservation and Economic Development Funds are dedicated to empowering the First Nations in the Central and North Coasts and Haida Gwaii in achieving healthy and vibrant economies and communities in partnership with the long term protection of their homelands for the benefit of future generations.