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Cumulative Effects Assessment Resources

Managing the Cumulative Effects of Natural Resource Development in B.C.

A May 2015 B.C. Auditor General report that found the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is not adequately addressing cumulative effects in its recent natural resource use decisions northwestern B.C. The Auditor General found that natural resource ministries need the B.C. Government to provide clear direction and the responsibility to effectively manage cumulative effects.

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2014 Map of Current and Proposed Mining, Energy, and Forestry Development in Northwest British Columbia

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Integrated Systems Research Program: Cumulative Effects Assessment

A collaborative project of the Bulkley Valley Research Centre on cumulative effects assessment in northwest British Columbia, including a case study on the Iskut-Stikine and upper Nass watersheds. With increasing development pressures, there is a growing recognition of the need to understand and assess the potential impacts of not only large-scale development but of incremental small scale development that can accumulate over time.  These cumulative effects can be defined as changes to environmental, social, and economic values caused by the combined effect of present, past, and reasonably foreseeable future actions or events on the land base.

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From Oolichan to Enbridge: Getting to the Heart of Cumulative Impacts Management in the Northwest

In November 2012, resource management practitioners, scientists, academics, and community members came together at a conference in Smithers, BC, entitled “Adding it All Up: Balancing Benefits and Effects of Resource Development”. The conference, organized by the Bulkley Valley Research Centre, focused on the issue of cumulative impacts management in northwest BC. Gerald Amos from the Headwaters Initiative and a member of the Haisla Nation captures the challenges and opportunities facing the region well in these excerpts from his remarks at the conference.

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Adding it All Up: Balancing Benefits and Effects of Resource Development

The Bulkley Valley Research Centre hosted a conference on the cumulative effects of development in northwestern British Columbia. With an economic boom projected for the region, the conference provided an opportunity to discuss how to balance industrial development with social, economic and environmental wellbeing.

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Cumulative Effects: From Assessment Towards Management

A  BC Forest Practices Board Special Report on how to improve cumulative effects assessment methods.

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The Impotence of Cumulative Effects Assessment in Canada: Ailments and Ideas for Redeployment

An influential article that aims to articulate the failure of cumulative effects assessment, and to propose solutions.

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Mapping Human Activities and Designing an Index of Cumulative Use within Estuarine and Nearshore Marine Ecosystems in SE Alaska

Estuaries and nearshore marine systems are foundational habitats for the ecological, cultural, and economic vitality of southeast Alaska. To improve understanding of the diversity and spatial distribution of human activities in the region, The Nature Conservancy undertook a compilation of the best available spatial datasets, and developed a cumulative index to inform future conservation, management and research opportunities.

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