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Title Biodiversity assessment in the Oil Sands region, northeastern Alberta, Canada
Type of Information Scientific paper
Description The Oil Sands region of northeastern Alberta contains the world’s largest reserves of oil, in the form of tar-sand. In the Oil Sands region, a large number of environmental impact assessments (EIAs) have been completed for approximately 20 oil sands projects in the past two decades. The EIA process here is unique, in that stakeholders in the region (First Nations, industry representatives, scientists, and residents) have selected indicators of ecological health of the area, including biodiversity. This paper discusses the process of biodiversity assessment using the indicators selected by stakeholders in relation to the overall goals to maintain biodiversity in the region.
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Authors Mark Sherrington
Reference / Citation Sherrington, M. 2005. Biodiversity assessment in the Oil Sands region, northeastern Alberta, Canada. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 23 (1), pp. 73-81.
Programme Areas Impact Assessment
Business and Biodiversity
Ecosystem Approach
Countries Canada
Regions Western Europe and Others
Keywords Oil sands
Environmental Impact Assessment
Cumulative effects
Residual environmental effects
Mitigation measures