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2005 September Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Exhibit 1.6—Progress in meeting sustainable development strategy commitments

2005 September Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

September 2005 Report—Chapter 1

Exhibit 1.6—Progress in meeting sustainable development strategy commitments

Commitment

Progress 2002

Progress 2005

Comments

Develop and implement integrated management plans and complete demonstration projects in three coastal regions: Eastern Scotian Shelf, Western Arctic*, and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Target. Three plans by end 2002

The Department is now focussing on five large ocean-management areas. Three of these are still in the early stages of development. The Eastern Scotian Shelf initiative is at the draft management plan stage.

Establish Minister's Advisory Council on Oceans.

Target. None specified

The Minister's Advisory Council was not renewed when its term expired.

Develop an operational framework for incorporating ecosystem considerations within oceans management.

Target. End 2002

The Department is still developing key elements of its ecosystem-based management framework.

Develop and implement a national system of marine protected areas including designation of five marine protected areas (MPAs).

Target. Five by end 2002

Canada's Federal Marine Protected Areas Strategy was released in June 2005.

Two MPAs have been designated under the Oceans Act.

Establish marine environmental quality guidelines, objectives, and criteria.

Target. None specified

Guidelines for preparing ecosystem objectives have been developed. Seismic regulations are being developed.

* The Western Arctic project is now called the Beaufort Sea Integrated Management Planning Initiative.

Satisfactory progress

Some progress

Limited or no progress