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Arctic Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Arctic Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

The Good Practice Recommendation for Environmental Impact Assessment and Public Participation in the Arctic, or Arctic Environmental Impact Assessment (Arctic EIA) for short, is a project endorsed by the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council and is led by Finland during the Finnish chairmanship of the Arctic Council from 2017 to 2019. The project is co-led by Canada and the Kingdom of Denmark.

The Arctic EIA strives to integrate environmental considerations into the planning and design of development projects to ensure meaningful public participation in the development of these projects. The overarching goal of Arctic EIA is to avoid and/or mitigate significant negative impacts on the environment and inhabitants.

In keeping with it’s strategic objectives to defend the harvesting rights and interests of Athabaskan peoples, the Arctic Athabaskan Council is currently working on phase 1 of a project that will: identify Arctic specific good practices to co-create good practice recommendations; build a sustainable network of Arctic EIA actors; and encourage cooperation with the Arctic Economic Council and others including the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Results of the project will be published as the work is completed.

Further Information

A copy of the 1997 publication, entitled Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in the Arctic can be found here.

Those interested in participating in a questionnaire on good practice in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and public participation in the Arctic may find the questionnaire here.

Contact

For further information, please contact Cindy Dickson at cdickson@mac.com.