|2002/03 Annual Service
Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management
creation of the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management is one
of the many steps our government has taken to hasten the revitalization
of British Columbia. I am pleased to say, two years later, that
we have taken large strides to encourage economic development and
ensure the sustainability of natural resources while protecting
and promoting a healthy environment.
As the main provincial agency responsible for land-use planning,
we have been entrusted to strike a balance between growth and environmental
integrity while ensuring British Columbia gets the maximum value
from its publicly held natural resources.
We are working towards five steps to certainty to build access
to the land base, First Nations consultation and accommodation,
tenure certainty, an improved business climate and access to markets
There needs to be ready access to Crown lands with no major land-use
conflicts. The Land and Resource Management Plans we have in place
and are working on will bring certainty in this area, as will the
Working Forest initiative.
Consultation and accommodation of First Nations is also a vital
component and we are working hard to engage the First Nations groups
of this province in dialogue. We already have numerous planning
agreements and economic measures in place with First Nations.
We're also working to ensure market security for British Columbia
products. Investors want to know they can access markets financially
while meeting environmental stewardship standards.
And security of tenure is also a must if we are to attract investment
dollars to British Columbia. We are working to ensure that investors
are given timely responses to Crown land and water applications
and we're taking measures to avoid conflicts.
These steps, tied in with other initiatives such as deregulation,
tax relief, revenue sharing and more rapid service response times
are critical if we are to be successful in encouraging investment,
achieving sustainability and making British Columbia a world-class
I am pleased and proud to present my ministry's second annual report,
which sets out the progress we have made in finding a balance between
development and conservation to help deliver investment and jobs
while preserving key environmental values in this great province
of British Columbia.
Many residents of this province I meet while I travel are excited
about the prospect of managing our vast resources in a manner that
assures a vibrant provincial economy that will sustain the social
and environmental values we all hold so dear. I share their enthusiasm
and look forward to continuing with the plans we have for a sustainable
Honourable Stan Hagen
Minister of Sustainable Resource Management