EXPERTS TAKE MESSAGE TO EARTH SUMMIT IN RIO
ASHLAND, OR, June 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Rainforest scientists from around the world, supported by prominent experts
speaking at the Earth Summit in Rio, today sent a letter to the Premier
of British Columbia, Christy Clark, calling on her government to fully
implement the agreements to protect the world renowned Great Bear
Rainforest - announced more than six years ago.
"Many leaders now view as crucial what is at the core of the Great Bear
Rainforest Agreements: to protect your environmental assets to secure
the long-term wellbeing of your citizens," said Kyle Gracey, research
scientist and science coordinator at Global Footprint Network, who will
participate in the Rio negotiations and has been providing policy
advice to the preparations for Rio for the past two years. "This
self-interested conservation, guided by the best available science, is
a common message I hear from governments in the Rio talks. British
Columbia has a timely and tremendous opportunity to turn this consensus
In the letter, the fifty-four scientists, from nine countries,
emphasized the importance of implementing the agreements within the
"Most of the rare old-growth rainforests outside of the tropics have
been logged, making it imperative that we safeguard the Great Bear
Rainforest - the largest remaining temperate rainforest of its kind,"
said Dominick DellaSala, chief scientist of the Geos Institute and an
expert on temperate and boreal rainforests, who initiated the letter.
"Scientists are eager to have a model of conservation that can be
replicated around the world, and while we have hope with the Great Bear
agreement, six years later it remains an unfinished job," he added.
In the letter, the scientists point out that the Great Bear Rainforest
is one of the few remaining large blocks of comparatively unmodified
landscapes left on earth. The region includes over a quarter of the
Pacific Coastal rainforests of North America that provide habitat for
spectacular wildlife like the Spirit Bear and wild salmon runs that are
increasingly rare throughout the world. Currently, half of the Great
Bear Rainforest remains open to logging, but the scientists'
recommendation built into the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements was to
set aside 70 percent of the natural old-growth forest that has yet to
The letter can be found at http://www.geosinstitute.org/, direct link http://tinyurl.com/7uxs553
SOURCE GEOS Institute
For further information:
Dominick DellaSala, Chief Scientist and President of Geos Institute, Ashland, Oregon, 541-621-7223 (cell)
In Rio: Kyle Gracey, Research Scientist and Science Coordinator, Global Footprint Network, Kyle@footprintnetwork.org, +55 21 7901-5890 (cell)