The cumulative effects framework is a complex Natural Resource Sector initiative. Focused and extensive communication and engagement efforts, with both internal and external audiences, are necessary to ensure that concerns can be meaningfully addressed and diverse interests are balanced.
The cumulative effects framework builds on the principles of adaptive management and continual improvement - identifying concerns, responding to needs, and refining the framework. Engagement with stakeholders, First Nations, and interested parties is one of the main cornerstones for adapting, improving and enhancing the cumulative effects framework.
The cumulative effects framework is a complex initiative, engagement helps us to get it right. However, it is a process and it takes time.
Phase 1 Engagement
Formal public engagement on the cumulative effects framework began with Phase 1 Engagement between June and October 2015. Phase 1 Engagement targeted key internal and external stakeholders to collect feedback for helping to improve the initial draft cumulative effects framework policy concepts and approaches. A summary of feedback from Phase 1 Engagement can be found in the Phase 1 Engagement Summary (PDF, 0.4 MB).
Phase 2 Engagement
Building on these successes, Phase 2 Engagement occurred from April to July 2016 to raise awareness and seek feedback on revised draft policy and assessment approaches for the first three cumulative effects values: aquatic ecosystems, grizzly bear, and old growth forest. For a summary of feedback for Phase 2 Engagement see the Phase 2 Engagement Summary (April - July 2016) Report (PDF, 1.5 MB).
Further engagement opportunities on the cumulative effects framework will be posted on this webpage. However, in the interim, you can always comment on the cumulative effects framework at anytime. Please submit your feedback to CumulativeEffects@gov.bc.ca.
And many thanks...
For those who have already provided comments and feedback, we thank you for your time, energy and thoughts for helping to make the cumulative effects framework better. We look forward to your continued involvement in cumulative effects framework engagement.