The B.C. Government has formed a new committee to review and recommend changes for the province’s environmental assessment process.
The newly formed Environmental Assessment Advisory Committee will “ensure the legal rights of First Nations are respected and the public’s expectation of a strong, transparent process is met,” according to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman.
Changes to Environmental Assessments:
- Enhancing public confidence, transparency and meaningful participation;
- Advancing reconciliation with First Nations
- Protecting the environment while supporting sustainable economic development.
“Our government wants to ensure we have a process that’s transparent, science-based, timely and provides early indications of the likelihood of success,” said Heyman.
“This work will also contribute to our government’s commitment to fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
For more information, check out the Environmental Assessment Office’s revitalization portal.