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Sustainable Development Strategy
In keeping with the direction established for Moving Forward (see Evolution of NRCan’s Sustainable Development Strategy), this section takes a brief look at the main issues threatening the Department’s vision of sustainable development, concentrating on specific issues that fall within NRCan’s mandate. It became clear during the consultations leading up to the third SDS that these are the issues that stakeholders expect the Department to address. The contributions of the groups and individuals who participated in the consultations provided a valuable resource, and helped to focus the Strategy on achieving these four key results:
- Canadians make better decisions that advance sustainable development
- Canadians are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change
- Canada is globally recognized as a responsible steward of our natural resources and is a leader in advancing sustainable development internationally
- NRCan demonstrates its commitment to sustainable development in its operations
These results form the focal points of the Strategy; turning vision into reality hinges upon achieving them. This discussion of sustainable development issues is organized under the four main tasks that NRCan must make progress on to effectively play its part in helping Canada achieve the four key results. Within each of the four areas there are significant challenges, but there are also new opportunities and the potential to make measurable progress towards the Department’s vision.
Achieving the key results of the Strategy will require NRCan to take on challenges related to:
- Building a strong foundation for sustainable development by providing the knowledge, tools, and technology to support better decision-making
- Taking action on climate change, both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change impacts
- Positioning Canada as a world leader on sustainable development, particularly in the natural resource sectors, and
- Demonstrating leadership and commitment to sustainable development at NRCan.