About CIT  |  Structure

The CIT consisted of independent scientists and practitioners and traditional and local experts, overseen by a management committee and supported by a secretariat. The five-person management committee consisted of representatives of the Provincial Government, First Nations, environmental NGOs, forest products companies, and the community at large. It was co-chaired by Provincial Government and First Nations representatives. The secretariat included an executive director, a project manager and other part-time staff.

The management committee provided technical guidance in developing specific research objectives and products and facilitated broad participation in CIT work. The secretariat was responsible for administering CIT projects. A select working group, led by an acknowledged expert, undertook each CIT project. All CIT projects were peer reviewed.

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Operating Principles

CIT operations were conducted in accordance with three principles:

  • Credibility: The CIT consisted of experts with scientific, local, and traditional knowledge who were credible to the local residents most affected by land-use decisions and the international audiences and organizations concerned about the sustainability of coastal temperate rainforests. All CIT products were subject to peer review.
  • Independence: CIT participants were required to work independently of the three LRMP tables in the CIT region. Employees of the provincial government or other organizations (non-governmental, industry, community) involved in planning, were expected and permitted to express professional opinions independently of their employers’ views. CIT reports acknowledged that they represented the authors’ views and not those of their employers.
  • Transparency: CIT publications, peer reviews, and appropriate data are available to the public.

The CIT consisted of independent scientists and practitioners and traditional and local experts.

CIT project timelines