Law and Process in Environmental Management
Essays from the Sixth Institute Conference on Natural Resources Law
edited by Steven A. Kennett. 1993. 422 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0-919269-41-5. $10.00 (hardcover)
Process issues are of critical importance in environmental management. Whether the objective is to consider environmental factors in project evaluation or policy development, to prevent pollution, to ensure sustainable resource development, or to reconcile competing interests and priorities in land use, attention to process is essential. Without appropriate processes, decision-making will lack legitimacy, and environmental conflicts will become increasingly bitter, costly, and protracted. As a result, the substantive goals of environmental policy will become significantly harder to achieve.
These essays are organized around six topics that encompass the principal process issues for Canadian environmental management in the 1990s. These topics are: the environmental assessment process, the litigation process, international processes, Canadian interjurisdictional processes, access to decision-making, and northern and aboriginal processes. The essays analyse current law and policy in each of these areas and present proposals for legal and institutional reform. Thus, they are of direct relevance to policy-makers, lawyers, business people, consultants, academics, and members of non-governmental organizations working in the rapidly evolving field of environmental management.