Public participation is the most effective way an assessor can become aware of the values affected by a proposed project. Effective participation allows for an open and balanced process that strengthens the quality of a project assessment and informs decisions, resulting in better projects.
YESAB considers the environmental (e.g. land, air, water, fish and wildlife) and socio-economic (e.g. health and well-being of people) effects of proposed projects. In order for your comments to be most useful to assessors, you will need to outline all the environmental and socio-economic values you deem important and explain how these values may be affected by a proposed project.
Any information shared by interested persons and the public will be given full and fair consideration in an assessment. This means it will be added to, and compared with, all other views and information received during the assessment. Assessors use a variety of tools in considering the relevance, weight and significance of information provided. Information collected during an assessment can influence where the assessment is focused and the outcome of the recommendation issued at the conclusion of the assessment.
To ensure that the assessment process is transparent, assessment information submitted will be posted to the YESAB Online Registry (YOR). Follow-up correspondence by the assessor, proponent, or other participants will be posted to the YOR. The YOR allows easy access to all assessment related documents and all correspondence during an assessment.