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This report makes recommendations for the establishment of a world class
environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting system to be managed by
Albertans for Alberta. A key recommendation is the creation of the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Commission to operate at arm’s length from government, regulators and those being regulated. The Commission would be responsible for the strategic direction, scientific focus and on-going operation of the proposed
environmental monitoring system.
Operating from September 2012 and up to such time as a permanent agency comes into being,the Environmental Monitoring Management Board will guide and direct the creation of a
permanent environmental monitoring agency in Alberta. The agency will coordinate, manage and operate an arm’s length, world class, environmental monitoring evaluation and reporting system that is, integrated amongst environmental media and has scientific oversight, considers
traditional environmental knowledge, provides open access to data and information and is transparent with respect to processes and decision making.
On 13 March 2012, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) announced the formation of the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Working Group (Working Group) that was tasked to: “…provide expert advice, viable options and recommendations…in deciding the future governance and funding of a new provincial monitoring, evaluation and reporting system”. The Working Group was directed to report by 30 June 2012 with “…recommendations and other relevant advice that outlines and assesses governance options ranging from an arm’s length public agency to a structure internal to the Government of Alberta.” The Working Group was also directed to”…indicate options, recommendations and implications of sustainable funding mechanisms and budgetary accountability…”for each governance option.
In February 2012, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development stood with Canada’s Environment Minister to announce The Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring. With this plan, both governments are taking unprecedented steps to enhance the oil sands monitoring program for air, land, water and biodiversity.
The Environmental Appeals Board’s vision is to promote a high quality of life in Alberta through the timely and thorough review of environmental decisions. The Environmental Appeals Board is committed to ensuring businesses and citizens have the opportunity to provide advice respecting environmental decisions recognizing the shared responsibilities of all Albertans for the environment.
An important part of Alberta Environment's overall regulatory program is the compulsory monitoring that industry is required to undertake. This monitoring serves a number of purposes and assists both industry and the government.
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