The Government of Canada is advancing knowledge to help assess and manage cumulative effects in the Salish Sea Ecosystem. This includes areas within the Georgia Basin, such as the Fraser River Estuary, Burrard Inlet, Boundary Bay, the Sunshine Coast, a portion of Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.
Cumulative effects are changes in the environment caused by multiple interactions among human activities and natural processes that accumulate in space and time. Individual actions may not result in significant environmental effects. However, when they occur with other activities or processes, the effects may interact with one another and add up over time.
The Government is improving access to existing datasets, publications and tools on cumulative effects in the Salish Sea Ecosystem and the region. This will enable Indigenous Nations and local communities to undertake, from the perspective of their values and knowledge, their own studies to identify ways to address cumulative effects.
Additional information will be shared as knowledge is generated.