MEDIA RELEASE: 2015-2018 AEMERA Business Plan focuses on science, open & timely reporting, building relationships with Aboriginal communities

The first three-year strategic business plan of the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency (AEMERA) is now available online at aemera.org.

On October 27, the Government of Alberta tabled a provincial budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, $78 million of which has been dedicated to funding the continued operation and development of AEMERA. Based on this funding allocation, AEMERA developed its 2015-2018 business plan and associated operating budgets, which was approved by the AEMERA Board of Directors earlier this year.

The business plan outlines four goals, and identifies benchmarks by which the Agency will measure its success and achieve its goals moving forward. The goals include:

  • Establish a science-based environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting system that provides relevant and credible data and information on the conditions of Alberta’s environment.
  • Provide environmental data and information to stakeholders and the public in an open, timely, understandable and effective manner.
  • Recognize Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and involve Aboriginal communities in provincial environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting programs and activities.
  • Establish a sustainable and appropriate funding model to support the environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting needs and objectives of the provincial Integrated Resource Management System (IRMS) and regional land use plans.

As a new organization, AEMERA is developing a performance measurement framework to track, assess and report on its progress. Performance measurement will be outcome-focused in relation to AEMERA’s mandate, and based on specific measures and indicators – which AEMERA will begin establishing in 2015-16.

This is AEMERA’s inaugural business plan as an organization, and the operating budgets outlined within this plan will be further developed and updated over the coming years.

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Pennell
Director of Communications
AEMERA
780-229-7254 (office)
780-221-1458
melissa.pennell@aemera.org