The University of Northern British Columbia is bringing together experts to form a consortium that will study the cumulative impacts of resource development across the province’s north.
The Cumulative and Community Impacts Research Consortium will provide a platform for research and dialogue for a broad range of stakeholders.
The CCIRC will bring together experts, knowledge, and resources from three existing UNBC institutes.
Chris Buse is the lead project lead and he says the goal for the first year is to establish itself as a information hub.
Longer term goals include being able influence public policy by providing high level decision makers with information about community concerns.
He says the consortium will look at how development will impact communities in the north.
The CCIRC has funding for three years, and Buse says they hope the group will eventually become financially sustainable and become a legacy project for the university.
He also says anyone who’s interested in the consortium, either to contribute or receive information, can reach them at their website at www.unbc.ca/cumulative-impacts.