Evaluating the effectiveness of collaboration in British Columbia environmental assessments within the mining sector
Halliday, Frank Darren
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An effective Environmental Assessment (EA) process in British Columbia (BC) is desirable for many reasons, though perhaps most importantly it can help ensure industrial development is conducted in an environmentally sustainable manner. A key component of the BC EA process is collaboration between stakeholders, though current opinion indicates that this is not always conducted effectively. The focus of this research was to understand stakeholder perceptions of the effectiveness of collaboration and identify opportunities for improvement. The study included a review of EA documentation followed by the survey and interview of stakeholders involved in the EA process for one or more of nine recently certified BC mining projects. The results showed that collaboration is somewhat successful in the current BC EA process though opportunities exist for improvement. These include measures which should be implemented by proponents, consultants, the EAO and other stakeholders.
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