The development and implementation of environmental management frameworks is a new approach being used by the Government of Alberta to accomplish cumulative effects
management. Environmental management frameworks build on existing provincial environmental policy, legislation and regulation, and provide an understanding of the
current state of the environment, as well as emerging trends, challenges and opportunities. They identify desired regional objectives, and set regional thresholds
(such as triggers, targets and limits) for key indicators. They set the foundation for ongoing monitoring, evaluation and reporting, including how to communicate
the results to Albertans.
Collaboration is an underlying principle for the environmental management frameworks. They are developed with input from local governments, stakeholders, First
Nations, Métis settlements and organizations and the public. There are opportunities for input throughout the region plan development process. The need for involvement
continues as management frameworks are implemented.
When a Management Framework is completed, some of its key components will include:
- Regional objectives
- Indicators and triggers that serve as signals of changing conditions
- Monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the indicators
- A management response process to be followed if triggers are crossed
Updated: Mar 18, 2016