Cumulative Effects Management: Why We All Need to be Involved

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Nov 9, 2013 (3 years and 11 months ago)

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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
Resource Development

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



The Cumulative Effects Management System considers the sum of all
human activities and natural environmental quality


Natural Environment = Land + Air + Water + Biodiversity

Cumulative Effects is about
place

and how we interact
with this place


Southern
Alberta


where we live.

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

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.

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

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


Why

CEMS

and

Why

Now?

Managing

Growth


We need a plan to manage growth pressures

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

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

Integrating Management Across
Sectors

Environmental Management System

Municipalities

Agriculture

Forestry

Transportation

Industry

Energy

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

Our Collective Goal: A Sustainable Future

Provincial

Regional Strategies

Sub
-
Regional &

Operational

Operational Decisions

Levels of Planning

Major Project
Reviews

Sub
-
regional
Plans

Municipal
Plans

Regional

Provincial Policy & Legislation

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

Management Frameworks

These include:


Outcomes and objectives


Performance
Management System


Limits and trigger
levels


Monitoring, Evaluation
and Reporting


Management Strategies
and Actions


Environmental
Management
Frameworks:
Air

e.g.,
Pm/Ozone

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





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?