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Regulatory and Policy Updates

Enhancing the Environmental Impact Assessment Process - An update from the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 08:40 to 08:59 Theatre 3

Author(s)

M.A. Cliffe-Phillips (Presenting)
Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board

B. Wheler
Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board

The Mackenzie Valley Review Board is the organization responsible for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process in the Mackenzie Valley, Northwest Territories. This EIA process is designed to prevent significant adverse impacts to people and the environment, and to ensure the views of Indigenous people and the public are meaningfully considered. With an organizational goal of continual improvement and responding to evolving legislation and best practices, the Review Board has undertaken numerous initiatives aimed at enhancing the EIA process in the Mackenzie Valley. We will provide an overview of the organization’s current policy and process improvement initiatives, with highlights including: new environmental assessment initiation guidelines, updated rules of procedure, transboundary cooperation, as well as discussing the evolving role of the Board in the Crown consultation process and the assessment of impacts on aboriginal rights.