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Cumulative Effects Management: Why We All Need to be Involved Heather Sinton Regional Science and Planning Manager Alberta Environment and Sustainable.

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1 Cumulative Effects Management: Why We All Need to be Involved Heather Sinton Regional Science and Planning Manager Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

2 Overview This presentation will cover: –Why we need a Cumulative Effects Management System (CEMS) –CEMS and the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan –Water and air management frameworks to support a CEMS approach –What you can do to help

3 The Cumulative Effects Management System considers the sum of all human activities and natural environmental quality Natural Environment = Land + Air + Water + Biodiversity

4 Cumulative Effects is about place and how we interact with this place – Southern Alberta – where we live.

5 We recognize that we cannot continue to manage the landscape in the same way we did in the past.

6 We all care about the sustainability of these places and want plentiful clean water, clean air, and productive lands. We want to protect the plants and animals that are integral to the function of these landscapes.

7 We want to have clean water and clean air for generations to come, and a CEMS approach will help us achieve that.

8 CEMS and the Land-use Framework Seven Strategies under the LUF –Develop seven regional land- use plans –Create a Land-use Secretariat and Regional Advisory Council for each region –Cumulative effects management to manage impact of development on land, water and air –Develop a strategy for conservation and stewardship on private and public lands –Promote efficient use of land –Establish an information, monitoring & knowledge system –Inclusion of aboriginal peoples in land-use planning

9 Why CEMS and Why Now?

10 Managing Growth We need a plan to manage growth pressures

11 Cumulative Effects System Fundamentals Outcomes based: clearly defined end states Place based: at different scales Performance management based: adaptive Collaborative: shared stewardship Comprehensive implementation: regulatory and non-regulatory

12 Aquatic habitat indicators WATER Biodiversity Groundwater (quantity and quality) Acid deposition Air Quality AIR Clima te Chan ge Social Indicators Cost/benefit Socio-Economic Land Use Change Surface water quality Surface water quantity LAND Terrestrial & Biodiversity indicators GHG SO X - NO X emissions CEMS Complex Multi media Interactive

13 Integrating Management Across Sectors Environmental Management System Municipalities Agriculture Forestry Transportation Industry Energy

14 Cumulative Effects Management System DELIVER OUTCOMES Authorizations, Compliance Assurance, Monitoring, Data Management, Emergency Services, Programs, Decisions, Partnerships STRATEGIC DIRECTION Legislation GoA and Ministry business plans Integrated Provincial Level Strategic Policies (e.g. Water For Life, Climate Change Strategy, Provincial Energy Strategy, Oil Sands Strategic Plan, etc.) DEVELOP & REFINE OUTCOMES & STRATEGIES Regional Planning, including Regional Strategic Assessment Operational Policy Management Frameworks EVALUATE & REPORT PERFORMANCE Environmental indicators and their implications Effectiveness of strategies and their delivery Performance Management

15 Our Collective Goal: A Sustainable Future

16 Provincial Regional Strategies Sub-Regional & Operational Operational Decisions Levels of Planning Major Project Reviews Sub-regional Plans Municipal Plans Regional Provincial Policy & Legislation

17 Role of Partnerships AESRD works with partners in the region to develop and achieve outcomes for air, land and water These partners are assisted by GOA to develop management plans and are involved in creating management frameworks Partners can help to educate the public about environmental stewardship

18 Management Frameworks These include: Outcomes and objectives Performance Management System –Limits and trigger levels –Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Management Strategies and Actions

19 Environmental Management Frameworks: Air e.g., Pm/Ozone

20 Are we there yet? “We’ve only just begun” Cumulative effects management will need to consider the effects of development on all media in a place We all need to work together to build and implement the system

21 Get involved in a partnership like CRAZ that is developing air quality management plans in response to air quality concerns Take personal responsibility for being a good steward of the environment Educate and influence the people around you What can YOU do?

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