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Environmental and sustainable development conference coming to Vancouver

Environmental and sustainable development conference coming to Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Global experts on environmental assessment and sustainable development will gather in Vancouver this spring for the International Association for Impact Assessment conference (IAIA22).

The event will see experts from more than 80 countries gather in person and virtually to exchange ideas on best practices to protect the environment while balancing the need for solid and sustainable development. 

The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office and the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations will host environmental assessment leaders in May. Registration for the conference is open until April 13.

The IAIA is the leading global network on impact-assessment best practices to inform decision-making regarding policies, programs and plans for major infrastructure and resource development projects.

According to the province, IAIA22 aims to explore the theme of how governments can strengthen confidence in the practice of environmental impact assessment through clear policies, strong partnerships and meaningful public participation on proposed major projects in industries such as power, oil and gas, transportation and mining.

The conference will include plenary sessions, training courses, cultural tours facilitated by the host First Nations, and technical visits to major project sites and unique environments on the West Coast.

“We are very proud that the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations will provide delegates the stunning experience of B.C.’s majestic mountains, waters and wildlife as they attend this conference,” said George Heyman, minister of environment and climate change strategy, in a statement. “We believe in good regulation and ensuring we protect our spectacular natural environment for the future, while we establish the conditions for responsible economic development today.”

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