||Community Forest Advisory Committee (CFAC)
Terms of Reference December 2000
In December 1997, the Minister of Forests appointed a Community Forest Advisory
Committee (CFAC) to make recommendations on a new forest tenure designed to increase the
direct participation of communities and First Nations in the management of local forests,
for local needs, and to create sustainable jobs. The original CFAC included 12
representatives from key stakeholder groups including communities, First Nations, forest
workers, industry, environmental groups and academia as follows:
||Forest Industry (NFPA/COFI)
||Forest Industry (Small
||Forest Workers (IWA)
||Communities (Alberni Clayoquot)
||Communities (North Cowichan)
||First Nations (Union of BC Indian
||First Nations (First Nations
Initial Role of the CFAC
The CFAC was instrumental in the development of the new "Community Forest
Agreement" and "Community Forest Pilot Agreement". This included:
- Guiding the attributes of the tenure.
- Providing input on the application and evaluation procedures for the tenure.
- Evaluating the original group of proposals.
The involvement of the CFAC in the Community Forest Agreement Program also ensured
support of key stakeholder groups and helped achieve non-partisan, fair evaluation of
community forest pilot agreement proposals. With the ministers selection of the
first seven community forest pilot agreement sites in June and July of 1999, the role of
the CFAC shifted from guiding the development of the tenure to monitoring the pilots and
recommending "course corrections" as the program evolves.
Current Role of the CFAC
To ensure the success of the Community Forest Agreement Program, it is considered
essential that the CFAC continue during the operational phase of the pilots. During this
phase, the CFAC is expected to provide the following services intended to further the
Community Forest Agreement Program:
Current Membership of CFAC
- Advise on and actively participate in the monitoring and evaluation of community forest
pilot agreements. These monitoring and evaluation results will be considered when
determining if pilot agreements should be extended, or offered a long-term community
forest agreement of 25 to 99 years. The results may also be considered when deciding if
the Community Forest Agreement Program should be expanded, remain static or discontinued.
- Provide input to an annual report on the Community Forest Agreement Program.
- Assist the MOF to identify changes needed to the application process and the
administrative framework for the agreements. This includes legislation, agreement document
- Evaluate proposals, should additional community forest pilot agreement opportunities be
- Act as an additional conduit to facilitate information flow between the pilot
communities and the MOF or other government agencies.
CFAC membership and affiliation