Climate change Conservation planning

WCS Canada Comments - Consideration of Climate Change in Environmental Assessment - October 2016

WCS Canada


Abstract

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has developed Codes of Practice to provide guidance on key aspects of the environmental assessment process for considering climate change in the preparation, execution and documentation of EA studies and processes. Although we consider this to be an important first step for proponents who want to address climate change in their proposed projects, we contend that the Guide is not consistent with the provincial goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, addressing adaptation approaches to climate change, and considering impacts that cannot be addressed through adaptation and mitigation. It ignores the limitations of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) and current EA practice in Ontario.

Recommended citation

WCS Canada (2016). WCS Canada Comments - Consideration of Climate Change in Environmental Assessment - October 2016. WCS Canada. https://global.wcs.org/Resources/Publications/Publications-Search-II/ctl/view/mid/13340/pubid/DMX3274600000.aspx

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Constance O'Connor

Constance O'Connor

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