New tool empowers citizens during environmental assessments

By Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Government of British Columbia
April 30, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has launched a new tool to engage the public during environmental assessments, empowering people to have a more meaningful impact on the decision-making process for major projects proposed throughout the province. EPIC.engage is a new engagement platform designed to improve the overall experience for people providing feedback during the public comment periods of an environmental assessment. …“Public engagement is a critical part of our environmental assessment process and of transparency. It provides valuable information about proposed major projects in BC,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “EPIC.engage makes it easier for the public to provide information that is both helpful and might otherwise be missed during the technical process of an environmental assessment.” Providing feedback is anonymous. The platform protects the identity of commentors while verifying that are not “bots” or people seeking to undermine a project or the assessment process.

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