Species at Risk Workshop Facilitation
EcoPlan facilitated a workshop for members of the Canadian Electricity Association, the Canadian Hydropower Association, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Environment Canada to explore the permitting implications of the Species At Risk Act (SARA). The overall objective was to identify regulatory mechanisms that would enable effective authorization of electricity facilities within the current SARA provisions, while meeting the needs of both the government and industry and supporting the recovery of listed species. Participants engaged in case study-based brainstorming sessions aimed at identifying key issues, regulatory alternatives, and options for moving forward. Government and industry found significant common ground in their focus on achieving compliance alongside recovery goals.