B.C. accelerates support for Indigenous-led forest innovation

By the Ministry of Forests
Government of British Columbia
December 6, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Province is supporting the growth of an Indigenous-led forest bioeconomy with new funding for First Nations to develop innovative forest-based products that will reduce the use of petrochemicals and store carbon for the long term.  With $3.9 million in CleanBC funding over three years to expand the Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program, the Province has launched a new accelerator stream that provides additional funding for First Nation projects at the pilot, commercialization or scale-up phases. The Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program focuses on using waste that is left over from logging, wildfire debris and damaged wood to make new, low-carbon forest-based products, while increasing the participation of First Nations in the forestry sector.   “We are taking action to build a sustainable, innovative forestry sector and create new opportunities for workers, communities and First Nations,” said Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests.

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