A Five-Year (2019-2024) Science Strategy for the Environmental Science Program to monitor, evaluate and report on the condition of the ambient environment in Alberta.
In 2016, under Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (Section 15), the role of the Chief Scientist was established with the mandate to develop and implement an environmental science program. To deliver on this mandate, the Five-Year (2019-2024) Science Strategy was developed as strategic guidance for the coming years.
The Science Strategy is the framework for the environmental science program that outlines the collaborative approach, tools, and priority areas where science, local and Indigenous knowledge systems can be used to create and share information. The Science Strategy seeks to broaden the way we understand the implications of a changing environment through adopting a multiple evidence-based approach.
“Advances in Alberta’s Environmental Science program will require enhanced coordination and collaboration with the wider Government of Alberta, and other external science and technology partners such as federal science departments and universities. It is through these collaborative relationships that we will be able to ensure an evidence-based, publicly transparent and scientifically credible environmental science program”.
– Dr. Fred Wrona – Chief Scientist, Alberta Environment and Parks
The Science Strategy outlines five priority areas and opportunities for the implementation of an integrated, inclusive, adaptive, publicly transparent and scientifically credible environmental monitoring and science program for Alberta. The success of the program relies on collaboration across the Government of Alberta and with others, including external research and academic institutions, and Indigenous and local communities.
The five priority areas collectively address key environmental issues and challenges in Alberta:
- Biological and ecological change
- Consequences of a changing and variable climate
- Condition and sustainability of Alberta’s water resources
- Chemical contaminants and biological stressors in the environment
- Environmental responses to natural resource development
These five areas build on existing program strengths and increase our ability to understand and predict the cumulative effects of multiple environmental stressors on the condition of the environment.
The Science Strategy will be a foundation and a catalyst for ongoing dialogue and collaboration with internal government organizations as well as external partners, in the planning and delivery of an integrated, inclusive, adaptive, transparent and credible environmental science program. The environmental science program seeks to answer pertinent questions, relevant to all Albertans, on current and emerging environmental issues.
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