Commonwealth NGOs
related to forestry

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Great Bear Rainforest Office

Box 625

Bella Coola

Nuxalk Territory, BC V0T 1C0




Type:  NGO   

Scope:  national   

Interest in Forestry:  central


The world's ancient forests are home to the majority of the earth's terrestrial species of plants, insects, birds and animals. They regulate weather patterns and help stabilize the earth's climate. By storing carbon, ancient forests play a critical role in reducing global warming. Ancient forests are home to as many as 200 million indigenous and tribal people worldwide.

According to the World Resources Institute (WRI), only 20% of the earth's original forest cover remains in large areas of relatively undisturbed ancient forests.

In order to help defend the remaining ancient forests and related ecosystems, FAN has adopted the following vision statement:

1) FAN works to defend ancient forests and related ecosystems, recognizing that the local human communities are an integral part of the land we are fighting to protect.

2) FAN supports the sovereignty of the Nuxalk and all other native / indigenous peoples.

3) FAN works to replace industrial logging and resource extraction with community based ecoforestry and sustainable alternatives.

4) FAN will actively seek out and engage in open dialogue with native and non-native communities, particularly when considering activities in a specific territory.

5) FAN is dedicated to working within the larger environmental and social justice movements, building solidarity networks that strive for global justice and equality.

6) FAN will develop and support a grassroots network of autonomous forest activists and organizations.

7) FAN strives to acknowledge, value and respect the diversity of activists and groups with whom we work.

8) FAN activists will aim to nurture an environment of mutual respect and mutual responsibility.

9) FAN engages in civil disobedience and non-violent direct action and accepts responsibility for the consequences of these actions.