Supporting Indigenous governments and communities to lead impact assessments
UBC has established a Cluster of Research Excellence in Indigenous Led Impact Assessment. This cluster brings together researchers from both UBC campuses in the faculties of Arts and Science, Applied Science, Forestry and the Sauder School of Business to support Indigenous led impact assessment. This interdisciplinary team will work with Indigenous organizations to help outline information management requirements, define best practices for impact assessment, and develop case studies to help communities design new approaches to conducting impact assessments.

Supporting community information needs in environmental assessment in Nunavut
In the Canadian Arctic many challenges to EA effectiveness and efficiency are not unsurprisingly related to marine issues. Community capacities, the complex nature of information needs, workloads for community organizations, the complexity of project impacts, and an understanding of baseline conditions remain key issues in supporting effective community engagement in EA processes.

This is a collaborative research project developed in consultation with the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB). Our work will help address two environmental assessment practice areas with particular relevance to the North and Arctic:

  • Advancing best practices for community engagement in research, resource co-management, and environmental assessment.
  • Developing and building Arctic community capacity to engage in applied research and co-management decision-making processes.

Assessing regulators’ information needs: Making decisions about cumulative effects in the Northwest Territories
This project works with agencies in the NWT to develop a better understanding of the needs of regulators in the monitoring and management of cumulative impacts to water quality.

Climate Change Adaptation Working Group
The working group is helping to fill a knowledge gap by completing a second survey of Canadian municipal governments that provides a broad image of the state of municipal adaptation planning in Canada.