Cumulative Effects Management

Environment and Parks (AEP) Oil Sands Branch leads the cumulative effects management for the department. The branch does this through:

  • Collaborative planning processes with other regulators
  • Participation in the Cumulative Environmental Management Association
  • Various policy and research initiatives

Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA)

The department participates in the Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA). CEMA is a multi-stakeholder organization with representatives from:

  • All levels of government
  • Environmental groups
  • First Nations
  • Industry
  • Local health authorities
  • Regulatory bodies

CEMA is based in Fort McMurray and serves the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. CEMA has a number of working groups, including:

  • The Reclamation Working Group
  • The Sustainable Ecosystem Working Group
  • The Trace Metals and Air Contaminant Working Group
  • The Traditional Environmental Knowledge Working Group

The department currently plays a leadership role for both the Sustainable Ecosystem Working Group and the Reclamation Working Group and is developing recommendations for the sustainable development of oil sands resources.

For more information on CEMA, visit:

Terrestrial Ecosystem Management Framework (TEMF)

On June 5, 2008, CEMA submitted the Terrestrial Ecosystem Management Framework (TEMF) for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for government consideration.

The TEMF proposes changes to the Government of Alberta's current approach to managing the environmental effects of oil sands development. The recommendations made in the TEMF will be considered during the regional planning process associated with the Land-use Framework.

Cross-Ministry Collaboration

The department works with Alberta Energy, the Oil Sands Secretariat and other ministries and stakeholders to develop sustainable resource and environmental management policies and regulatory processes for oil sands development.

The department also works through multi-agency venues such as the Multi-stakeholder Committee to develop common expectations for environmental outcomes. Highlights of the department's collaborative approach include:


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Updated: Aug 26, 2015