The Terrestrial Ecosystem Management Framework (Framework) is the Cumulative Environmental Management Association’s (CEMA) recommended approach to managing the cumulative effects of development and resource use on ecosystems and landscapes in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB). The Framework aligns with the stated direction of the Government of Alberta (GoA) to enable oil sands development while maintaining ecosystem integrity and social and cultural needs. The framework is intended to complement the existing policies and regulatory system currently in place.
The Framework has been guided by principles that were designed to ensure:
- Stakeholder and societal values are understood and are reflected in regional environmental, economic, and social goals;
- Trade-offs amongst competing goals are deliberate and transparent, because the maintenance of ecological attributes is not simultaneously possible on all landscapes with the projected rates of development;
- Ecological integrity is managed predominately at the regional scale
- Management strategies are based on science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK); and
- Flexibility to adapt to future reality as it unfolds.
Letters between CEMA & the Alberta Government
SEWG Recommendation Letter to Alberta Government (January 11, 2008)