In 2006 a small group of southern interior local government and First Nations leaders met to discuss the potential enviromental, economic and social impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic. These initial meetings led to the formal establishment of the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC) as a non-profit Society.
SIBAC is a member-based organization comprised of the nine Regional Districts and six Tribal Councils in the southern interior; and the Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations. Each of the SIBAC member organizations appoints a representative to sit on the SIBAC Board of Directors.
With funding from the member organizations and the federal and provincial governments, SIBAC completed extensive research and public consultations to complete its SIBAC MPB Assessment and Mitigation Plan to the provincial government.
SIBAC’s research and planning analysis clearily indicated that there was an underlying rural development challenge facing many of the smaller rural communities in the southern interior. As a result, since April 2011 SIBAC has focussed on developing, supporting and funding projects and initiatives that will stimulate and advance rural development in the southern interior.
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