What does meaningful environmental assessment look like?

EAs have generated a fair amount of attention in recent years, as businesses, governments and Indigenous communities figure out the best way to work together on major natural resource projects.

Bram Noble, an expert on how to better engage Canadians through the environmental assessment process, dives into lessons learned from recent environmental assessments in a new video for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

“Early capacity building is going to be pretty fundamental to a successful EA in the long-term,” says Noble.

Noble explores:

  • The value of regional strategic environmental assessments;
  • Examples of useful regional strategic environmental assessments
  • Case studies for how to do environmental assessments in the future

The video features Noble in conversation with MLI Munk Senior Fellow Ken Coates, a thought leader on Indigenous engagement in Canada.

Earlier this year Noble authored a paper for MLI on how to reform the environmental assessment process so it works better for Indigenous peoples, businesses and governments.

This is the third video in a series.

The first video explores where the environmental assessment process is going, while the second dives into what environmental assessment actually is.