Regional resource think-tank to open shop in Revelstoke

New regional organization Columbia Mountains Resource Policy Council aims to open research institute and think-tank here in Revelstoke

The Columbia Mountains Resource Policy Council is aiming to open an office space in Revelstoke in the coming months. The new organization is a hybrid advocacy and policy organization that explores resource management issues in the Canadian Columbia Basin region. “Essentially we’re aiming at a research institute/think-tank that considers natural resource management at a landscape level in the Columbia Mountains,” said Federico Osorio, one of several founding members.

“The idea is to try to get a better feeling of where we are at in terms of achieving meaningful sustainability. For that, the first thing to define is what is sustainability within the framework of a landscape,” he said. “How much can our ecosystems give? How much can we take from them?”

The group received a $10,000 award through the Columbia Basin Trust to establish their legal framework. They plan a web presence, including publications, as well as lots of in-the-flesh involvement in regional issues.

Osirio explained the group sought to fill a void created by a lack of sustainable resource planning at the provincial level, and by jurisdictional issues that mean the region’s resources aren’t managed holistically.

They aim to advance policy ideas to decision-makers and get involved in mediation and moderation on controversial issues.

He cited controveries such as mountain caribou conservation and the recent Begbie Bench logging  as examples of situations where all parties would benefit from knowledgable moderation provided by the CMRPC.

“There isn’t a conversation that we feel that there should be,” Osorio said.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Remembering Revelstoke Ski Club’s long history

The club continues today with more than 130 skiers

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 16

First diesel train, bitterly cold weather and testing a magnetometer

Jocelyn’s Jottings: Scared by my latest hydro bill

Luckily I have set up an equal payment plan with BC Hydro… Continue reading

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

Kelowna’s Tess Critchlow gears up for World Cup at Big White

Critchlow is a professional snowboarder competing for Team Canada in the boardercross competition

Victoria family focuses on ‘letting go, enjoying time together’ after dad gets dementia

Walter Strauss has developed an interest in music and now takes line dancing classes

B.C. forest industry grasps for hope amid seven-month strike, shutdowns, changes

Some experts say this could be worse for forestry than the 2008 financial crisis

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown Smithers

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

UBC, Iranian-Canadian community create memorial scholarship in honour of victims

The Jan. 8 crash killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians

Disrespectful that Horgan won’t meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

Na’moks said he was frustrated Horgan didn’t meet with the chiefs

Update: Highway reopens after crash west of Revelstoke

Drive BC also reported a vehicle incident 10 km east of Golden.

Most Read