Consortium to Study Impacts of Resource Development in Northern B.C.
Prince George, B.C. – What will proposed increases for resource development mean for northern B.C.?
What effects will projects like Site C, new mines, and LNG development have on communities and regions in the North?
That will be the focus of a new consortium, the Cumulative and Community Impacts Research Consortium (CCIRC), at UNBC.
“The CCIRC will bring together experts, knowledge, and resources from three existing UNBC institutes – the Community Development Institute, the Health Research Institute, and the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute,” reads a UNBC news release.
The CCIRC will begin work in late spring,”engaging First Nations, local business, industry groups, residents, government officials, and other stakeholders.”
Its activities “will include supporting community workshops and discussions, and creating an online information hub of academic, traditional and experiential knowledge of cumulative impacts.”
The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is funding the consortium to the tune of $225,000 over three years, and UNBC’s Office of Research.
“As British Columbia and Canada continue to look north, it is important that we gain a robust understanding of effects associated with development,” says UNBC president Dr. Daniel Weeks. “The CCIR is an exciting new platform to have these important discussions that will lead the way to inform future policy decisions.”