Indigenous Centre of Expertise for Cumulative Effects Assessment and Management

Learn about how the centre will help to build the scientific and technical capacity for Indigenous communities to assess and manage cumulative effects on their lands and territories.

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About the centre

The Government of Canada has invested $15.5 million over 5 years, starting in 2018-2019, to establish the Indigenous Centre of Expertise for Cumulative Effects Assessment and Management, in collaboration with Indigenous experts, practitioners and researchers specializing in cumulative effects science.

The Indigenous Centre of Expertise for Cumulative Effects Assessment and Management will help to build and enhance the scientific and technical capacity of Indigenous communities for cumulative effects assessment and management in their lands and territories. The centre is a co-developed initiative that will be housed outside of government and will facilitate the meaningful involvement of communities in the design, collection, monitoring and analysis of traditional and science-based activities in the context of cumulative effects assessment and management.

The centre is in its developmental phase and is anticipated to be established within the next 2 years.

What are cumulative effects?

The Canadian Council of Ministers on the Environment describes cumulative effects as a change in the environment caused by multiple interactions among human activities and natural processes over time. Cumulative effects can impact a broad array of resources and ecosystem components. Identifying and implementing measures to control, minimize or prevent the adverse consequences of cumulative effects will lead to sound and adaptive environmental management practices.

The goal of cumulative effects assessment and management is to preserve ecological integrity and sustain natural ecological processes for the benefit of future generations.

Contact us

For more information about the centre please contact us by email or standard mail:

aadnc.ceceam-ceegec.aandc@canada.ca

Environmental Directorate
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
10 rue Wellington
Gatineau QC K1A 0H4
Canada

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