The Regional Sustainable Development Strategy for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo was developed by the Government of Alberta, in cooperation with federal and municipal government agencies and regional stakeholders, to address the cumulative effects on the environment and human health of developing the Athabasca oil sands. The strategy is being implemented in partnership with the Cumulative Environmental Management Association, a multi‐stakeholder not‐for‐profit organization. Effects of air emissions on human health, wildlife, and vegetation were identified as one of five priority themes to be immediately addressed.
The Cumulative Environmental Management Association established the Trace Metals and Air Contaminants Working Group to develop management frameworks to manage and control regional trace metals and air contaminants and protect human and ecosystem health. Air contaminants managed under this framework should include trace metals, which are currently managed under a framework developed by the Cumulative Environmental Management Association in 2002.