TOFINO, BC — The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust and the Clayoquot Forest Communities Program are seeking business input for a comprehensive economic analysis covering the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve region and adjacent communities.

The report will provide business owners, local governments and regional organizations with a current and credible snapshot of the regional economy and how it is influenced by broader economic developments at the provincial, national and international level. It will provide an economic snapshot of individual communities, as well as key sectors of the regional economy.

According to Curtis Cook, Executive Director of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, “The communities and business owners of the Biosphere Reserve region have not had a recent, credible report like this. Effective decision-making on business matters cannot be fully realized without knowing potential economic influences and impacts. This is particularly significant during a recession.”

Jackie Godfrey, Director for the Clayoquot Forest Communities Program and Central Region Chiefs, concurs: “The opportunity to assess the economic state of both First Nation and non-native communities is critical, particularly as we look for innovative ways to emerge out of the recession with a greener and socially inclusive economy.”

Local businesses are invited to participate in a brief survey of issues to augment the analysis and create relevant recommendations within the final report. The project researcher, Laura Bonenfant, has begun visiting businesses in the communities. The survey is also available by mail or by e-mailing the Biosphere Trust office. It must be returned by the end of February.

The report will be completed by March 31st, 2009 and will be made public shortly thereafter. Copies of the study will be available electronically and printed copies will be provided to our contributing partners. Local presentations will also be arranged throughout the region.

Contact Curtis Cook
Executive Director
Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
250 725-2219
Curtis.cook@clayoquotbiosphere.org