Advancing Knowledge in Support of Managing Cumulative Effects in the Salish Sea

Summary of a strategic assessment of effects on the environment of the Government of Canada’s response to Recommendation 1 of the National Energy Board (NEB), now the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

As part of the NEB Reconsideration Report from February 2019 on the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Project, the NEB recommended the development of a regional cumulative effects management plan to assess the overall environmental state of, and on-going cumulative effects on, the Salish Sea.

In response to this recommendation, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), in partnerships with Indigenous groups and in alignment with the Salish Sea Initiative, will implement marine spatial planning and cumulative effects studies in the Salish Sea to better understand and mitigate the negative environmental impacts of development projects. When left unaddressed, cumulative environmental effects could result in irreversible damage to the environment. 

Advancing the Government of Canada’s knowledge in support of managing cumulative effects in the Salish Sea will improve ECCC understanding of cumulative effects, which will enable more comprehensive environmental protection. ECCC’s activities will result in direct environmental outcomes on marine emissions, air quality, and water quality.

The initiative will be developed in collaboration with Indigenous groups and will integrate Indigenous knowledge, values and interests central to its development and delivery.

Federal research and monitoring activities will focus on:

Advancing cumulative effects knowledge and understanding will also contribute to the following Federal Sustainable Development Strategy goals and related targets:

This will also contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 8 Decent work and economic growth, SDG 13 Climate action, SDG 14 Life below water and SDG 17 Partnership for the goals.

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