Planning for a Sustainable Future: A Federal Sustainable Development Strategy for Canada 2013-2016

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The second cycle of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) fulfills the requirement of the Federal Sustainable Development Act to develop an FSDS every three years that makes environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament. It builds on three key improvements made in the first cycle, which was tabled in Parliament in October 2010:

1. An integrated, whole-of-government picture of actions and results to achieve environmental sustainability;
2. A link between sustainable development planning and reporting and the government's core planning and reporting processes; and
3. Effective measurement, monitoring and reporting in order to track and report on progress to Canadians.

Like the first cycle, the second cycle of the FSDS includes four priority themes:
I. Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality;
II. Maintaining Water Quality and Availability;
III. Protecting Nature and Canadians; and
IV. Shrinking the Environmental Footprint - Beginning with Government.

Themes include aspirational, long-term goals, medium-term targets that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound, and concrete implementation strategies (actions to achieve the targets). The 2013-2016 FSDS includes 8 goals across 4 themes, supported by 34 targets. In total, the strategy includes 225 implementation strategies, which are programs and activities undertaken by departments across the federal government.

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  • Author: Environment Canada
  • Language of Document: Separate English/French
  • Document Type: Plan
  • Cat. No.: En4-136/2013E-PDF
  • ISBN: 978-1-100-22627-9
  • Size: 21.6 X 28
  • Pages: 100
  • Year: 2013
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