Environmental assessment is a practical tool that supports development and natural resource planning and decision-making. It assesses potential impacts and helps identify ways to enhance benefits. EA works to mitigate the negative environmental effects of development.
The Centre for Environmental Assessment Research (CEAR) at UBC supports research about environmental assessment (EA) processes and methods, and helps integrate this information into practice. Research conducted and supported by CEAR contributes to resource development by furthering knowledge about the role that EA plays in helping to advance natural resource management practices that benefit Canadians.