April 2nd, 2013
CEMA Releases 2012 Annual Report
Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) today released its 2012 Annual Report which outlines its work on the management of the environmental effects of development on air, land, water and biodiversity.
CEMA was formed in 2000 to provide recommendations to regulators on managing potential cumulative environmental effects using an array of management tools. It is comprised of more than 50 members organized in four caucuses: Aboriginal, Government, Nongovernmental Organizations, and Industry. The membership includes municipal, provincial, and federal governments, as well as First Nations and Métis groups, environmental advocacy groups, educational institutions, and pit-mining and in-situ oil sands operators. With the help of the field’s leading experts, CEMA’s working groups have assembled authoritative tools for managing air quality, reclaiming oil sands forests and wetlands, and measuring environmental performance.
“This report illustrates what can be accomplished when stakeholders with diverse perspectives are willing to embrace strategies that accommodate the ecological, social, and economic dimensions of oil sands development. Our successes, which are detailed in this Annual Report, demonstrate the wisdom of that approach.” said CEMA President Shannon Flint. “CEMA’s record over the past 12 years gives me every confidence in our ability to continue to supply scientifically sound and useful direction on managing the cumulative environmental effects of the oil sands industry.”
In 2012, CEMA had total expenditures of $5,868,360 million on research into the cumulative effects of development in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. As well, CEMA’s sector balanced Board of Directors approved three projects as recommendations to the Government of Alberta, all of which have been accepted. These include recommendations on the following:
- Validation Procedures for Habitat Models in the Oil Sands Region;
- End Pit Lakes Guidance Document 2012 (EPL Guide); and
- Criteria and Indicators Framework for Oil Sands Mine Reclamation Certification (C&I Framework).
“This Annual Report showcases our achievements in the working groups and provides an overview of CEMA’s continued commitment to bringing the best science available to bear on the challenges we face managing the cumulative effects of development,” stated Glen Semenchuk, CEMA’s Executive Director. “Despite ongoing challenges with respect to funding, we have continued to develop recommendations of immense value to the Government of Alberta and our other stakeholders. I’m looking forward to our work in 2013 as we reinitiate CEMA’s long-term plot network (LTPN) to evaluate the effectiveness of reclamation guidance, update our wetlands reclamation guide for the region, and work with our many aboriginal stakeholders to create a management framework for the use of Aboriginal traditional knowledge in decisions made for managing our environment.”
CEMA’s 2012 Annual Report is available for download at the following link:
CEMA is a multi-stakeholder society that is a key advisor to Government and is committed to respectful, inclusive dialogue in the development of recommendations to manage the cumulative environmental effects of regional development on air, land, water and biodiversity. For more information please visit www.cemaonline.ca