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Environmental Science and Decision Making
Federal S&T supports effective environmental public policy- and decision-making. Environment Canada constantly seeks better ways and means to promote key science to governments, legislators and regulators, resource managers, and the private sector.
- Strengthening Science-Policy Links: Study Series
- Scientific and Technical News
- State of the Science Reports
- Research Impact Study Series
- Water Quality / Science-Policy Workshops
- FAQ on Science of Climate Change
Strengthening Science-Policy Links: Study Series
The need for robust scientific evidence in policy and decision making and for innovative mechanisms to sustain interaction between science producers and policy/decision makers is well recognized. Such interaction not only improves the uptake and use of research by science users, it also allows the user to inform the research agenda. Linking science with policy/program decisions is not straightforward, however, and challenges must be addressed to maximize information flow between users and science producers.
S&T Liaison has been involved in a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening links between science knowledge and policy/decision making. The following series highlights these initiatives.
Scientific and Technical Newsletters
S&T Liaison produces newsletters for informed readers who want to remain current on environmental science findings and activities at Environment Canada.
- Environmental Science News - This is an information source for professionals with interest in environmental science, policy and management. It offers updates on scientific and technical topics of current interest, including emerging environmental concerns, progress on ongoing concerns, and environmental solutions developing in the lab and the field. Sign up to receive the monthly "ESN Update" - an email roll-up of all the new Environment Science News stories that have been published in the last month.
- Water Science News - read archived issues
- Wildlife and Landscape Science News: read archived issues
State of the Science Reports
Environment Canada plays a leading role in scientific assessments of priority issues in Canada. These large-scale reports engage experts from various sectors to inform policy making and resource management with a current synthesis of scientific knowledge and trends, or an evaluation of threats posed by environmental change.
- Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Canadian Environment: Research and Policy Directions
- Microbial Source Tracking in Aquatic Ecosystems: The State of the Science and an Assessment of Needs
- National Assessment of Pulp and Paper Environmental Effects Monitoring Data: Findings from Cycles 1 through 3
- A Decade of Research on the Environmental Impacts of Pulp and Paper Mill Effluents in Canada
- Threats to Water Availability in Canada
- National Assessment of Pulp and Paper Environmental Effects Monitoring Data
- Threats to Sources of Drinking Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Health in Canada
Large Ecosystem Science
Research Impact Study Series
S&T into Action to Benefit Canadians: case study series demonstrates how S&T has influenced environmental decisions
Research into Action to Benefit Canadians / Water Research: case study series demonstrates how S&T has influenced water management decisions
Science-Policy Workshop Reports on Water Quality
This workshop series connected key people working on water issues in research, knowledge development, policy development and program delivery. The purpose was to provide a forum for leading scientists to present the latest research to policy makers, to help identify research priorities, and to explore ways of sustaining dialogue between these two groups.
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