Abandoned Mines Project

Description: The Abandoned Mines in Northern Canada Project was created to study the historical impacts of abandoned mines on Indigenous communities in northern Canada. This research highlighted the social and environmental changes that large mining projects brought to northern communities and the ongoing impacts of these mines after they were abandoned. The project included six Project Co-Leaders from Memorial University and the University of Winnipeg.

Key Words: Environmental change, First Nations, Indigenous people, industry, mining, research, social

Lead Organization Memorial University
Regional Focus Province wide, Canada wide
Status Complete
Website www.abandonedminesnc.com
Primary Contact Arn Keeling, Project Co-Leader, akeeling@mun.ca
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The Aboriginal Business and Community Development Centre

Description: The Aboriginal Business and Community Development Centre is located in downtown Prince George and offers a variety of business related services. Services include business planning, economic development strategies and workshops, offered to anyone who needs them.

Key Words: Business, community development, First Nations

Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website abdc.bc.ca
Primary Contact abdc.bc.ca/about-us
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Atlas of the Breeding Birds of British Columbia

DescriptionThe British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas partnership has published online one of the largest volunteer-based initiatives in British Columbia’s history, and a major new resource for conservation. Leading British Columbian bird experts describe the distribution, abundance, habitat and conservation of about 320 species of birds that bred and potentially bred in the province between 2008 and 2012. Included in this link are detailed maps showing where each species occurs and how common it is, graphs to help show patterns of distribution and abundance, and a series of tools to explore and download information.

Key WordsBirds, British Columbia, conservation, habitat, abundance, distribution

Lead Organization  Bird Studies Canada
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  Complete
Website  www.birdatlas.bc.ca
Primary Contact www.birdatlas.bc.ca/contact-us
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BC Healthy Communities

Description: BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the ongoing development of healthy, thriving and resilient community, providing a range of services, programs events and resources to local governments, communities, and multi-sector groups. The Healthy Communities approach addresses multiple determinants of health (social, economic, environment, physical) and is based on five essential strategies: community engagement, multi-sector collaboration, political commitment, healthy public policy, and asset-based community development.

Key Words: Health, non-profit

Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website http://bchealthycommunities.ca/home
Primary Contact http://bchealthycommunities.ca/contact?

bchc@bchealthycommunities.ca,  (250) 590-8442

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BC Oil and Gas Commission

DescriptionThe BC Oil and Gas Commission (BC OCG) is an independent, single-window regulatory agency with responsibilities for overseeing oil and gas operations in British Columbia, including exploration, development, pipeline transportation and reclamation. Regulatory responsibility is delegated to BC OCG through the Oil and Gas Activities Act and includes specified enactments under the Forest Act, Heritage Conservation Act, Land Act, Environmental Management Act, and Water Act. Core roles include reviewing and assessing applications for industry activity, consulting with First Nations, ensuring industry complies with provincial legislation and cooperating with partner agencies. The BC OCG website contains information relevant to cumulative impacts including reports regarding oil and gas activity, hydraulic fracturing, and reclamation; an interactive web-based pipeline incident map; consultation process agreements and agreements with First Nations communities; and the BC OGC’s public engagement process.

Key WordsBC OCG, industry, oil and gas, hydraulic fracturing, pipeline, First Nations, provincial legislation, public engagement

Lead Organization  BC Oil and Gas Commission
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  On-going
Website  www.bcogc.ca
Primary Contact www.bcogc.ca/contact
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BC Oil and Gas Commission Area-based Analysis (ABA)

DescriptionThe Area-based Analysis (ABA) approach has been developed by the BC Oil and Gas Commission (BC OGC) as a framework for managing the impacts of oil and gas development. It is a way of looking at the cumulative effects of all industrial development across the landscape when making decisions on oil and gas applications. Using ABA, Commission decision makers can assess the impact of proposed oil and gas activities on ecological, cultural and social values in the context of all other development activities. Broad landscape impacts on specific resource values can be considered when looking at specific applications or activities, rather than just the localized effects of one permit. ABA evaluates the overall landscape – including old forest, riparian reserves and wildlife habitat. Included in this page are links specific to ABA including a guidance document, reports, key data and maps.

Key WordsArea-based analysis, ABA, BC OGC, impacts, oil and gas development, cumulative effects

Lead Organization  BC Oil and Gas Commission
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  Complete
Website www.bcogc.ca/public-zone/area-based-analysis-aba
Primary Contact www.bcogc.ca/contact
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The BC Oil and Gas Research and Innovation Society (BC OGRIS)

DescriptionThe BC Oil and Gas Research and Innovation Society (BC OGRIS), formerly the Science and Community Environmental Knowledge (SCEK) Fund, is a not-for-profit society with membership from the BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission), the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), and the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC). The BC OGRIS serves to enable relevant applied research to inform environmental matters related to oil and gas exploration and development in British Columbia. Six strategic themes and topics have been identified for funding, projects include Health and Safety, Environmental Impacts, Community Environmental Knowledge, Cumulative Impacts Management, Collaboration and Communication, and Boreal Caribou.

Key WordsBC OGRIS, non-profit, BC OCG, CAPP, EPAC, research, exploration and development, cumulative impacts management

Lead Organization  BC Oil and Gas Research and Innovation Society
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  On-going
Website www.bcogris.ca
Primary Contact www.bcogris.ca/contact
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BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative Program

Description: The BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC) program is part of a national strategy on climate adaptation. The theme of BC RAC is “Preparing for Climate Change – Securing British Columbia’s Water Future”. The program is delivered in two phases. Phase 1 (2009-2012) focused on developing tools and resources to help leaders plan for climate adaptation, with emphasis on securing water resources and minimizing water-related risks. Phase 2 (2012-2015) builds on this work and offers support for BC’s natural resource sectors as they identify risks, common issues of concern, adaptation options and opportunities to collaborate. The website provides more information on BC RAC projects and climate adaptation resources.

Key Words: Climate adaptation, climate change, government, industry, tool, water

Lead Organizations Fraser Basin Council, Government of British Columbia – Ministry of Environment
Regional Focus Province wide
Status Complete
Website www.fraserbasin.bc.ca/ccaq_bcrac.html
Primary Contact Jim Vanderwal, Senior Program Manager, Fraser Basin Council

jvanderwal@fraserbasin.bc.ca,   604 488 5359

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BC Water Sustainability Act

Description: Brought into force on February 29, 2016, and replacing the previous Water Act, the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) ensures a sustainable supply of fresh, clean water that meets the needs of BC residents today and in the future. The WSA is the principal law for managing the diversion and use of water resources and provides new tools and updates B.C.’s strategy for protecting, managing, and using water efficiently throughout the province.

Key Words: Government, legislation, management, tool, water

Lead Organization Government of British Columbia
Regional Focus Province wide
Status Complete
Website www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/water/laws-rules/water-sustainability-act
Primary Contact www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/home/contact-us
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BC Water Tool

Description: The BC Water Tool provides access to information about natural water availability, existing water users, and monitoring data, using easy to use, map-based tools. Users have the choice of three options: Waterportal, Northwest Water Tool, and Omineca Water Tool. The first provides water-related environmental monitoring data from 18 networks across northern BC, the second generates custom watershed reports for any watershed in BC, and the third generates custom watershed reports for any waterbody in north-central BC.

Key Words: Geographical Information Systems (GIS), government, tool, water

Lead Organization Government of British Columbia – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website www.bcwatertool.ca
Primary Contact www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/home/contact-us
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BC Wildlife Federation

Description: The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) is a province-wide voluntary conservation organization aimed at protecting, enhancing, and promoting the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations. The BCWF’s objectives include ensuring the long-term management of BC’s fish, wildlife, park and outdoor recreation resources, the coordination of other volunteer agencies, and supporting a comprehensive educational program. See their website for information on programs, committees, and other information.

Key Words: Education, fish, outdoor recreation, management

Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website bcwf.net/index.php/about
Primary Contact bcwf.net/index.php/contact-us

officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca,   (604) 882 9988

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Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification Program

DescriptionIn 1976, the B.C. Ministry of Forests initiated a massive classification program throughout the province. The main focus was on collecting data, refining the mapping, and further developing the classification. There was a province-wide correlation of all the data and forest regions published field guides based on classification and nomenclature. The classification is constantly being revised as new data are collected in poorly sampled areas. Some of the gaps that are gradually being filled include non-forested ecosystems (e.g., wetlands, grasslands and alpine areas), forested ecosystems in remote areas with little forest harvesting (e.g., northwestern part of the province), and young seral ecosystems. This website is the web portal for the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) and Ecology Research program of British Columbia, it is the source for information about the BEC system and access point for current and historical reports, maps, software, and other products of the program.

Key WordsBEC, ecosystem, forestry, classification, data

Lead Organization  Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  On-going
Website www.for.gov.bc.ca/hre/becweb/index.html
Primary Contact www.for.gov.bc.ca/hre/becweb/program/staff/index.html
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British Columbia Cattleman’s Association

Description:  The British Columbia Cattleman’s Association has been the official voice of cattle ranchers throughout British Columbia since 1929. Their mission is to maintain a healthy cattle industry that provides quality beef products to consumers and is guided by strong volunteer membership, environmental stewardship, respect for stakeholders, and excellent business practices. The purpose of the association is to promote, encourage, protect and develop the cattle industry in an environmentally responsible manner. They have a Research and Development Committee, tasked with providing the director and members with the latest information on current research projects, and administer the Bostock Memorial Grant, geared towards research that is of practical value to the beef industry.

Key Words: Agriculture, cattle, industry, non-profit, research

Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website www.cattlemen.bc.ca
Primary Contact www.cattlemen.bc.ca/contacts.htm
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British Columbia Community Forest Association (BCCFA)

Description: The BCCFA is a network of rural community-based organizations engaged in community forest management. The Association follows guiding principles which include the promotion of culturally, ecologically, and economically sustainable forestry; the practice of community forest initiatives in a manner which respects First Nation rights and cultural values; and fostering understanding and cooperation between rural communities and First Nations. Their website includes information regarding community forestry, members, conferences and publications.

Key Words: Forestry, community forest, First Nations, rural

Lead Organization British Columbia Community Forest Association
Regional Focus British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status On-going
Website bccfa.ca
Primary Contact bccfa.ca/contact-us
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British Columbia Cumulative Effects Framework

Description: The Government of British Columbia is currently implementing the British Columbia Cumulative Effects Framework. This framework uses a management approach to address the cumulative effects of natural resource development and to ensure the province is developing natural resources in an environmentally sustainable way. The framework gives resource managers procedures and tools to make decisions that support sustainable natural resource management.The Cumulative Effects Framework (CEF) incorporates the combined effects of all activities and natural processes into decision-making to help avoid unintended consequences and to identify economic, social, and environmental values. Interagency teams of provincial experts support integrated resource management and decision-making through cumulative effects assessments that report and map the current and future condition and trends for identified values.

Key Words: Cumulative Effects Framework (CEF), government, industry, management

Lead Organization Government of British Columbia – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations
Regional Focus Province Wide
Status On-going
Website www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/cumulative-effects-framework
Primary Contact CumulativeEffects@gov.bc.ca,   250 356 9287
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British Columbia Tap Water Alliance

Description: Since 1997, the BC Tap Water Alliance has accumulated a large variety of information available on hydraulic fracturing by the Natural Gas Industry including impacts on freshwater sources; community watershed issues, intelligence and reserves across British Columbia; and also global warming. The following link includes updates in the form of media releases, reports, bulletins, YouTube videos, conferences and events.

Key Words: BC Tap Water Alliance, hydraulic fracturing, natural gas, watershed, fresh water

Lead Organization  BC Tap Water Alliance
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  On-going
Website  www.bctwa.org
Primary Contact  info@bctwa.org
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Canadian Institute Energy Group’s Cumulative Effects and the Future of Natural Resource Management

Description: In March 2016, the Canadian Institute (CI) held a conference on ‘Cumulative Effects and the Future of Natural Resource Management’ in response to the rollout of BC’s new Cumulative Effects Framework, landmark court decisions, activity in resource development and conflicting priorities of various stakeholders involved. With the objective of building a consensus between industry, government, First Nations and other key stakeholders around the management of cumulative effects, CI gathered a diverse ‘Faculty of Speakers’ to discuss comprehensive, integrated methods for balancing the social, economic and environmental impacts of project development. The following link lists the presenters and presentation topics.

Key Words: cumulative effects, conference, BC Cumulative Effects Framework, First Nations, government, industry

Lead Organization  The Canadian Institute
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  Complete
Website www.canadianinstitute.com/cumulative-effects-and-the-future-of-natural-resource-management-343v16-van/publications/conference-materials
Primary Contact www.canadianinstitute.com/cumulative-effects-and-the-future-of-natural-resource-management-343v16-van/event-contacts
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Changing Landscapes, New Opportunities – 2017 ABCFP Annual Conference

Description: The Association of BC Forest Professionals is responsible for registering and regulating British Columbia’s professional foresters and forest technologists. The practice of professional forestry in BC has been regulated since 1947 when foresters first agreed to help protect the public’s interest in the province’s forests in return for the exclusive right to practise forestry. In 2017, they held an annual conference in Prince George, British Columbia. Changing Landscapes, New Opportunities was held over three days in February and hosted a dynamic lineup of speakers touching on topics such as managing risk, shaping the future and climate change. The following is a link to the program of this event including speakers and their presentation topics.

Key WordsABCFP, forestry, conference, 2017

Lead Organization  Association of BC Forest Professionals
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  Complete
Website abcfp.ca/WEB/ABCFPConference/Program.aspx
Primary Contact  abcfp.ca/WEB/ABCFPConference/Contact_Us.aspx
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Climate Health BC: Climate Change Health Policy Group

Description: The mission of the Climate Change Health Policy Group (CCHPG) is to provide a vehicle for organizing the health sector to document and reduce the impacts of climate change on health in the province while supporting efforts to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. Visit their website to learn more about working groups, current projects, meetings and events, and resources.

Key Words: Climate change, carbon footprint, health, policy

Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website www.climatehealthbc.ca
Primary Contact www.climatehealthbc.ca/contact
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Climate Leadership Team

Description: The Climate Leadership Team was announced on May 12, 2015 and is comprised of 18 representatives, representing government, academic, community, environmental, business, and First Nations interests. The team provides the Government of British Columbia with advice and recommendations as it prepares a new Climate Action Plan.

Key Words: Climate Action Plan, government

Lead Organization Government of British Columbia
Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/policy-legislation-programs/climate-leadership-team
Primary Contact www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/home/contact-us
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Community Mapping Network (CMN)

Description: The Community Mapping Network (CMN) helps communities map sensitive habitats and species distributions in British Columbia and Canada.  Since 2000, the CMN has created community based atlases with customized data entry and reporting tools. The atlases integrate many different data sources including local and remote data sets, geo-referenced videos and sensitive habitat mapping projects. The Atlas Gallery has over sixty user friendly atlases that use Mapguide Open Source – an interactive geographical information system integrating community and government natural resource information. Many types of information are provided through the CMN such as fish and wildlife distribution, streams and wetlands, rare and endangered species, and possible restoration sites. Uses of information include: impact assessment, research, planning, habitat restoration, and education and awareness.

Key Words: map, distribution, atlas, mapguide open source

Lead Organization  Community Mapping Network
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  On-going
Website cmnbc.ca
Primary Contact  cmnbc.ca/contact
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Environmental Assessment Office

Description: The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) manages the review of proposed major projects in British Columbia, as required by the Environmental Assessment Act. The EAO website provides links to current, past, and proposed projects undergoing the Environmental Assessment process, Acts and Regulations, and information on various processes.

Key Words: Government, law, management, regulation

Lead Organization Government of British Columbia
Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website www.eao.gov.bc.ca/about_eao.html
Primary Contact www.eao.gov.bc.ca/contact_us.html
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Forest Practices Board

The Forest Practices Board (FPB) works to serve the public interest as the independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices in British Columbia. They report to the public and government about compliance with the Foresty & Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act, and the achievement of their intent. The FPB also publishes a variety of reports and publications related to forestry practices.

Key Words: Forestry, government, industry, regulation

Regional Focus British Columbia (Pan-Provincial)
Status On-going
Website www.bcfpb.ca
Primary Contact Dave Clarke, Executive Director

Dave.Clarke@gov.bc.ca, (250) 213-4702

General phone: (250) 213 4700

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Fraser Basin Council

Description: The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a non-profit society that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser Basin and across British Columbia. The FBC has helped people learn about sustainability, resolve conflicts, and roll out partnership initiatives with a focus on climate change and air quality, watersheds and water resources, and local sustainability and resilience. They support leaders in government, business, and community organizations in finding collaborative solutions to tough issues and promising opportunities. See their website for program and service information, their extensive work, and resources.

Key Words: Air, climate change, Fraser basin, non-profit, water

Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website www.fraserbasin.bc.ca
Primary Contact www.fraserbasin.bc.ca/about_offices.html
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iMap BC

Description: iMapBC is a government web application that allows users to view and analyze spatial data directly from the DataBC Catalogue. Spatial layers of information are provided from a variety of industries and government ministries. Instructions on how to use the application can be found on the iMapBC website.

Key Words: Geographical Information Systems (GIS), government, industry, spatial analysis, tool, web application

Lead Organization Government of British Columbia
Regional Focus Province Wide
Status On-going
Website www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/about-the-bc-government/databc/geographic-data-and-services/imapbc
Primary Contact www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/home/contact-us
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Integrated Regional Profiles

Description: The “Integrated Regional Profiles” document outlines the process undertaken by staff from the UNBC Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) to develop an informational tool capable of communicating information across the themes of environment, community and health in a concise, user-friendly format. This activity was documented for the purpose of sharing tools and processes with researchers, practitioners and communities seeking ways to document, integrate and share data and information with a wide variety of collaborators.

Key Words:  Integrative communication tool, regional profile

Additional Resources:

Lead Organization UNBC Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium
Regional Focus Peace River Region
Status Complete
Website https://www.unbc.ca/cumulative-impacts
Primary Contact circ@unbc.ca
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International Association for Impact Assessment – Western and Northern Canada

DescriptionThe International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) is the world’s leading professional association in the field of impact assessment. IAIA’s Western and Northern Canada (WNC) Affiliate includes members from the federal and territorial governments, First Nations, consultancies, co-management boards, industry and NGOs and provides a range of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) related activities including guest speakers, conferences, newsletters and networking opportunities. They focus on subjects dealing with predicting, evaluating, managing and monitoring the impacts of human activities on ecosystems and people, in order to improve decision making regarding economic developments. The IAIA WNC’s goal is to promote and develop best practice in environmental impact assessment.

Key Words: Environmental impact assessment, Western and Northern Canada, government, First Nations, industry, ecosystems and people, economic development

Lead Organization  International Association of Impact Assessment
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  On-going
Website  iaia-wnc.ca
Primary Contact iaia-wnc.ca/contact-us
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Land Trust Alliance of BC (LTABC)

Description: The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia (LTABC) was established in 1997 and represents 33 land trust members across the province. LTABC has developed educational, research and resource programs that have helped conservation groups steward, protect and restore BC’s natural and cultural diversity. Their website resources are extensive, including links to educational programs, publications, published research, and a British Columbia Conservation Areas Summary Report from 2014.

Key Words: land trust, conservation, stewardship

Lead Organization  The Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  On-going
Website ltabc.ca
Primary Contact  ltabc.ca/about-us/contact-us
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LNG Environmental Stewardship Initiative

Description: The Liquefied Natural Gas Environmental Stewardship Initiative (LNG ESI) is a form of collaboration among the Province, First Nations, and the LNG sector, working to ensure First Nations can participate in, and benefit from the LNG industry. The scope of LNG ESI includes four key areas: ecosystem assessment and monitoring, ecosystem restoration and enhancement, ecosystem research and knowledge exchange, and stewardship education and training.

Key Words: First Nations, government, industry, LNG

Lead Organization Government of British Columbia
Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/consulting-with-first-nations/liquefied-natural-gas-environmental-stewardship-initiative
Primary Contact www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/home/contact-us
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LNG Environmental Stewardship Initiative – Facilitation and Engagement Process

Description: Many First Nations communities in British Columbia are affected by natural gas development and are faced with the compromise of environmental stewardship for a share in the economic benefits from the projects. The BC government recognizes a need for new tools that will create a positive legacy for First Nations, BC and the environment. Four Directions Management Services Ltd. was hired by the BC Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR) in 2014 to lead Phase 2 of an independent and neutral facilitation and engagement process with First Nations, BC, Industry and federal representatives to develop the LNG ESI.

Key Words: Facilitation, First Nations, LNG, ESI, BC Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, MARR

Lead Organization  Four Directions Management Services Ltd.
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  Complete
Website  fdms.ca/lngesi/index.html
Primary Contact  Dan George: dangeorge@fdms.ca, 250 372 8444
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Managing the Cumulative Effects of Natural Resource Development in B.C.

Description: An audit was conducted to determine whether the government and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) have established a sound basis for managing cumulative effects. The report concluded that FLNRO is not adequately addressing cumulative effects in its recent natural resource use decisions in northwestern B.C. Further, for the assessment framework to succeed, government must clarify how social, economic, and environmental expectation apply to managing Crown land and determine how the assessment framework will be used to support decisions. The document can be viewed in full with the link below.

Key Words: Auditor General, Cumulative Effects Framework (CEF), government

Additional Resources: www.bcauditor.com/sites/default/files/publications/reports/OAGBC%20Cumulative%20Effects%20FINAL.pdf

Lead Organization Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia
Regional Focus Province wide
Status Complete
Primary Contact www.bcauditor.com/reach

Phone: 250 419 6100,   Fax: 250 387 1230

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Mountain Legacy Project

Description:  The Mountain Legacy Project (MLP) is a publicly accessible research collection that uses high-resolution historic survey photography to explore change in Canada’s mountain environments. The collection is internationally distinctive for its size (over 140,000 images), quality (large format glass plate negatives) and comprehensiveness (a triangulated survey of vast portions of Alberta, BC and the Yukon). Since 1998, they have repeated portions of the collection from exactly the same locations and used the image pairs for a variety of landscape change studies. There are more than 6,000 images pairs in the digital collections, making this one of the world’s largest repeat photography collections. More images are added to the digital collections annually, and collaborations with other researchers and organizations are welcomed.

Key Words: Mountain environment, monitoring, photography, research, university, Western Canada

Lead Organization School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria
Regional Focus British Columbia (Pan-provincial), Western Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon)
Status On-going
Website explore.mountainlegacy.ca
Primary Contact General Inquiries: mntnlgcy@uvic.ca

www.mountainlegacy.ca/project/contact.html

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North Central Local Government Association

Description: The North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) is a non-profit, non-partisan association comprised of all elected officials in North Central BC from cities, towns, Aboriginal communities, villages, and regional districts. The NCLGA works to connect communities, identify common challenges, and facilitate positive change. See their website for general information, AGM and Convention updates, and more.

Key Words: Government, non-profit

Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website www.nclga.ca
Primary Contact admin@nclga.ca,   250 564 6585
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Northern Analytical Laboratory Services (NALS)

Description: The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is home to an extensive suite of analytical science instrumentation that enables a broad spectrum of biological, chemical and physical analysis. One goal is to make the lab’s services more responsive to the needs of researchers and corporate clients throughout Northern BC. In addition to analytical services, the equipment will be used for academic and skills training for UNBC students, and training services are available for clients who wish to improve the knowledge and skills of their staff in their own labs.

Key Words: Analysis, research, UNBC

Lead Organization University of Northern British Columbia
Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website www.unbc.ca/northern-analytical-lab-service
Primary Contact www.unbc.ca/northern-analytical-lab-service/contact
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Northwest Cumulative Effects Demonstration Project: Final Report

DescriptionThe goal of the Northwest Cumulative Effects Assessment (CEA) Pilot Project was to develop and test methods to improve the consistency and clarity of information provided to authorization staff and statutory decision-makers in order to proactively avoid or mitigate cumulative effects from land use activities. To achieve this goal the NW pilot identified objectives for 6 topic areas: Policy & Organizational Requirements, Knowledge Management, Values, Assessment & Monitoring, Decision Support and Engagement. This draft version of the final report highlights cumulative effects assessment framework in support of integrated natural resource decision making and was prepared by the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and BC Ministry of Environment intended to summarize work that had been completed to April 2013 and was created for discussion purposes only.

Key Wordscumulative effects assessment, decision making, FLNRO, BC Ministry of Environment

Lead Organization  BC Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations and BC Ministry of Environment
Regional Focus  British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  Complete
Website bvcentre.ca/files/integrated/NW_CE_Phase2_Report_V9_25June2013.pdf
Primary Contact  www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/home/contact-us
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Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)

Description: PCIC is a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that conducts quantitative studies on the impacts of climate change and climate variability in the Pacific and Yukon region. PCIC’s research is organized around themes of hydrologic impacts, regional climate impacts, and climate analysis and monitoring. Their website provides access to regional and seasonal climate modelling analysis tools, publications and software libraries, and courses in comprehensive introduction to climate science.

Key Words: climate,  impacts, Pacific

Lead Organization University of Victoria
Regional Focus British Columbia (Pan-provincial), Yukon
Status On-going
Website pacificclimate.org
Primary Contact pacificclimate.org/contact-us

 

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Pembina Institute

Description: The Pembina Institute provides research, analysis and recommendations to inform policy and practices related to the energy sector, and advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean energy transition. The Institute publishes various reports for different energy sectors. Projects of interest to Northern British Columbia include B.C Shale Scenario Tool, Pacific Northwest LNG Implications, and What Would LNG mean for Northeast BC?

Key Words: Clean energy, electricity, energy, housing, industry, oil sands, policy, research, tool, transportation

Regional Focus Province and Canada wide
Status On-going
Website www.pembina.org
Primary Contact www.pembina.org/contact-us
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Premier’s BC Natural Resources Forum

Description: The annual Natural Resources Forum brings together government, industry, and community representatives to discuss and explore ways to develop BC’s resource sectors, the economy and provide benefits to communities.

Key Words: Economy, government, industry, natural resources

Lead Organization Government of British Columbia
Regional Focus Province wide
Status On-going
Website www.bcnaturalresourcesforum.com
Primary Contact info@bcnaturalresourcesforum.com

 

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Risk Analysis of British Columbia Natural Gas Projects: Environmental and Indigenous Peoples Issues

DescriptionSince 2012, 20 LNG projects have been proposed in BC, 18 export licenses have been issued by the National Energy Board (NEB), and 9 environmental assessments (EAs) have been completed by BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEA Agency). In 2016, the Canadian Energy Research Institute released this study identifying major environmental and Indigenous Peoples issues facing development of the natural gas and LNG industry in British Columbia (BC), and examines the key approaches to mitigate, manage and monitor the issues effectively.

Key Words:  LNG, EAs, BC EAO, CEA, Indigenous Peoples, risk analysis

Additional Resources: resources.ceri.ca/PDF/Pubs/Studies/Study_161_Executive_Summary.pdf

Lead Organization  Canadian Energy Research Institute
Regional Focus British Columbia (Pan-provincial)
Status  Complete
Website  www.ceri.ca
Primary Contact  www.ceri.ca/contact
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Socio-economic Effects Management Plan Framework

Description: The Socio-Economic Effects Management Plan (SEEMP) Framework sets out an adaptive process to identify and manage project-related socio-economic effects, with a particular focus on services and infrastructure. The Framework stemmed from concerns raised in the Environmental Assessment (EA) process regarding the provision of services and infrastructure (e.g. emergency, crime prevention, social, recreational, utilities, health care) in the context of LNG projects. The framework describes the key elements of the SEEMP and provides direction on how a SEEMP should be developed, approved, and implemented.

Key Words: Environmental Assessment (EA), framework, government, industry, management

Website: https://a100.gov.bc.ca/appsdata/epic/documents/p396/d38282/1416936833346_l0pwJ01QhLtT3GnJwRzm12YHRq5BWhTshGjgHWg3xz3KJ7Qs770T!-231679769!1416934832825.pdf

Lead Organization Government of British Columbia
Regional Focus Province wide
Status Complete
Primary Contact www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/home/contact-us
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West Coast Environmental Law

Description: West Coast Environmental Law is a law firm striving to be the legal champion for the environment. Since 1974 the firm has contributed to establishing environmental laws and regulations that have helped protect the environment. Their website provides links to useful resources, publications, legal blogs and more.

Key Words: Air, environmental law, policy, regulation, water

Regional Focus Province Wide
Status On-going
Website wcel.org
Primary Contact wcel.org/about-us/contact-us

admin@wcel.org, 1-800-330-WCEL

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Why it’s Time to Reform Environmental Assessment in British Columbia

Description: In January 2018, West Coast Environmental Law published a report addressing the need for environmental assessment (EA) reform in British Columbia highlighting the commitment made by the provincial government to do so in 2017. The publication focuses on current issues with provincial EA and cites examples using case studies from Elk Valley, Site C, Taku River Tlingit First Nation and Digby Island.

Key Words:  Environmental Assessment, EA, cumulative effects, provincial government

Additional Resourceshttps://www.wcel.org/sites/default/files/publications/2018-01-bc-eareform-backgrounder-web-final.pdf

Lead Organization West Coast Environmental Law
Regional Focus British Columbia
Status Complete
Website www.wcel.org
Primary Contact e: admin@wcel.org

p: (604) 684-7378

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Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Description: The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-U.S. non-profit organization that connects and protects habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature can thrive. Y2Y takes a scientific and collaborative approach to conservation, and highlights a focus on local issues that affect the region.

Key Words: Conservation, fish, habitat, non-profit, wildlife

Regional Focus Yukon, Northwest Territories, United States, British Columbia
Status On-going
Website y2y.net
Primary Contact y2y.net/about-us/contact-us
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