Only $2.99/month

Environmental Assessment

Terms in this set (89)

- Achieve extensive understanding of local and regional settings to be affected by action or policy (identification/description of interested stakeholders, development of baseline information (profiles) of local and regional communities
- Focus on key elements of the human environment (identification of key social and cultural issues related to action or policy from community and stakeholder profiles; selection of social and cultural variables which measure and explain why these key issues were identified)
- Identify research methods, assumptions and significance (use of holistic research methods/consideration of all aspects of expected social impacts; description of cumulative social effects, ensure methods and assumption are transparent and replicable; selection of forms and levels of data and collection and analysis which are appropriate to the significance of the action or policy)
- Provide quality information for use in decision-making (collect qualitative and quantitative social, economic, and cultural data sufficient for analysis of all reasonable alternatives)
- Ensure that any environmental justice issues are fully described and analyzed (make sure that research methods have incorporated underrepresented and vulnerable parties; consider distribution of all impacts (social, economic, air quality, noise, health etc.) to different social groups (may consider ethnic or monetary divisions))
- Undertake evaluation/monitoring and mitigation (establish mechanisms for evaluation and monitoring of the program/action/policy; provide mechanism and plan for assuring effective mitigation takes place if it is required; identify data gaps and plan for filling data needs)
- discovery of Victor Kimberlite deposits
- February 2004: Victor Diamond Mine Comprehensive EA (federal EA) submitted for review
- June 2004: terms of reference for individual EA submitted, withdrawn August 2004
- August 2004: Class EA for Victor Diamond Mine Power Supply Project commences
- May 2005: Victor Mine Power Supply Environmental Study Report submitted for review
- August 2005: two separate bump-up requests denied, co-proponents allowed to proceed
- Duty to consult and accommodate: government must fulfill a certain level of consultation with respect with what is going on in these territories, address issues of hunting and fishing
- Consent: First Nations worldwide stating they should have consent on what happens within their own traditional territories
- DeBeers called for a comprehensive EA, then engaged the Attiwapiskat FN from the outset, ignoring all other FNs involved
- Attiwapiskat declared the mine site was on their traditional territories only
- Nishnabe Aski Nation wrote to government requesting panel EA and to include other first nations - angered Attiwapiskat
- DeBeers used "divide and conquer" strategy to get what they wanted.
- Learnings: there is a need for strategic planning to provide context within which EA is carried out; this lack of environmental consideration in policies allowed DeBeers to manipulate and take advantage of the FNs.
- Strategic planning needs to inform EA
- temporal and spatial scale very important (inclusion/exclusion of other FNs) - the scale can be used to broaden or restrict the EA
- leverage and power very important, misuse/misdirection of this power can lead to negative repercussions