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Progress Report for Sustainable Development Strategy - Now and for the Future

Objective 1.1 Easily accessible and integrated knowledge on the state of Canada’s landmass and natural resources, and the economic, environmental and social dimensions of their use

Action 1.1.1 Provide targeted knowledge and tools to inform decision makers
Number Description Status By 2003, provide up to 14 on-line services on the natural resources sector, as part of Government On-Line, including a Canadian Natural Resources Knowledge Gateway. Completed. NRCan has not only enhanced its ability to create and disseminate knowledge about Canada’s natural resources but has also championed the inclusion of Knowledge Services in the Service Vision for Canadians. Through the GOL initiative, NRCan is revolutionizing how it delivers its programs to Canadians. Several initiatives have reached a level of significant maturity and sophistication on line allowing clients to use a wide range of interactive tools to receive customized information on-line. By 2003, launch the delivery of data, analysis, and maps for priority areas of the Canadian offshore. Not completed. Item on hold subject to funding for the SeaMap Program. By 2003, create a series of maps to address sustainable development issues in an integrative manner and in a geographical context. Completed. By 2003, make the Atlas available as an integrated geographical lane for the dissemination of sustainable development indicators. Completed. By 2003, develop a prototype of a distributed architecture that enables sustainable development related information to be visualized in an integrated Atlas context. Completed. By 2003, undertake public consultation on the development of an assessment tool that allows for the exploration of future sustainability scenarios of Canada. Completed. By 2001, publish sustainable development indicators for energy. The target date was re-set for completion by March 31, 2004 and was completed. The indicators are available at By 2003, publish sustainable development indicators for minerals and metals. Partly completed. A draft report that identifies 12 potential indicators for further analysis and testing was produced. However, due to concerns about the feasibility of identifying and applying the indicators and uncertainty over associated logistical and resource constraints, further development of MMI was suspended indefinitely.
1.1.2 Develop new national strategies for priority areas
Number Description Status By 2003, generate a unique national groundwater database that will be used to prepare the national synthesis of the main groundwater reservoirs in Canada. Completed.
1.1.3 Develop new tools to advance sustainable development
Number Description Status By 2003, develop methodologies and testing systems to establish the Earth Observation for Sustainable Development of Forests. Completed. By 2001, prepare and distribute discussion paper on social issues of minerals and metals to NRCan’s multi-stakeholder client base for consultation. Completed. The Social Dimension of Sustainable Development and the Mining Industry was published in November 2003, and distributed to stakeholders in early 2004.
1.1.4 Provide targeted education and outreach
Number Description Status By 2003, produce and distribute Geoscape posters for seven Canadian regions (Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, southern Saskatchewan, Calgary, Victoria and Whitehorse) and a Geoscape map for Canada. Completed.
Objective 1.2 Greater national and international cooperation and consensus on sustainable development issues, policies, goals and actions
1.2.1 Promote Canadian sustainable development practices internationally
Number Description Status By 2002, complete a project in partnership with CIDA to build expertise in environmental regulation for the gold mining sector in Guyana. In 2003, it was reported that this project was extended. All surveys and research concerning mercury in fish and Aboriginal Guyanese are completed and have been presented at workshops. Codes of Practice, Environmental Guidelines, Limits and Regulations for the industry have been written and presented to the Guyana Ministry of Mines. Amerindian representatives have been trained as mine rangers and some have been selected to work for the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission. The University of Guyana has taken over the training and has added to its Curriculum a graduate program in Environmental Mining. The Guyana Miners Association has hired an environmental officer in order to promote best environmental practices for artisanal miners. This year is the 7th and last year of the project. By 2003, complete a project in partnership with CIDA to assist with the development of improved environmental capacity within the mining sector in Zambia. Completed. Joint training initiatives between mining companies and Government Regulatory Agencies have taken place in the areas of mine ventilation and mine rescue. New programs, including training related to mining and the environment, are currently under development.
1.2.2 Develop a national consensus on forest issues
Number Description Status By 2003, develop the new National Forest Strategy. Completed. By 2003, sign new Canada Forest Accord in time for the World Forestry Congress in Québec City. Completed.

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