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The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization comprised of groups throughout the province dedicated to helping preserve and protect Alberta's environment. The AEN's purpose is to facilitate the sharing of information & resources among member groups, and to assist them in taking common action. AEN also promotes awareness of environmental issues & activities with stakeholders & the general public. AEN facilitates member group meetings and the participation of member groups in meetings and consultation with government and/or industry. Check out Field Notes for the latest news, events & action alerts from the AEN & our member groups.

 

Alberta Wetland Policy Exempts Oilsands Industry, Abandons No-Net-Loss in Prairies

10 Sep 2013

The Alberta government’s wetland policy announced today will exempt all approved and near-term foreseeable oilsands projects from wetland offsets or restoration. For prairie wetlands, the policy drops the current clear no-net-loss policy goal and exposes even the highest value unprotected wetlands to destruction. This policy will promote ongoing loss of wetlands that purify water, reduce flood and drought severity, and provide crucial wildlife habitat. Read more »

Posted September 12, 2013 by AEN

AEN Members react to Alberta's new wetland policy

On September 10, Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resources Development released the new Alberta Wetland Policy.

The Alberta Wilderness Association's Carolyn Campbell deemed the policy "appalling news for Alberta's boreal forest": Read more »

Posted September 11, 2013 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Component Advisory Committee Representatives

Initiative: 
Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring
Position: 
Component Advisory Committee Representatives
Application Deadline: 
13 Sep 2013 (All day)

On behalf of Environment Canada (EC) and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD), I would like to invite up to three representatives from the Alberta Environmental Network to participate on each of the Component Advisory Committees (Air, Water, Biodiversity, and Wildlife Contaminants and Toxicology).  The Component Advisory Committees support the Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring (“the Implementation Plan”). Read more »

Posted September 10, 2013 by AEN

South Saskatchewan Plan Delaying Conservation

Sensitive Milk River Ridge Grasslands Open to Oil Exploration

9 Sep 2013

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has learned that sensitive rough fescue and mixed grasslands on the Milk River Ridge are being opened up to exploration activity in the Alberta Bakken oil play. At the same time, efforts to secure legal designation for these lands are being delayed until the Government of Alberta releases its South Saskatchewan Region Plan (SSRP). Read more »

Posted September 9, 2013 by AEN

Virtual Living Waters Rally 2013

Oct 3 2013 (All day) - Oct 4 2013 (All day)

This is an online event, you can participate in the comfort of your home or office

A year ago this month, over 100 of Canada’s leading freshwater changemakers came together for an inspirational and informative weekend of sharing, capacity building and strategizing. Read more »

Posted September 6, 2013 by AEN

Pembina Institute takes province to court over right to speak at oilsands hearings

Government documents show precedent of province blocking Pembina’s participation in oilsands hearings because of critical analysis of government policies
5 Sep 2013

EDMONTON — The Pembina Institute was in court today appealing a Government of Alberta decision not to allow the energy policy think tank to participate in the regulatory review of a proposed in situ oilsands project, arguing the government broke provincial rules for public participation in the review of energy projects. Read more »

Posted September 5, 2013 by AEN

Deadline Extended — Call for Delegates: Non-Point Source Air Emissions Workshop

Initiative: 
Non-Point Source Air Emissions Workshop
Position: 
ENGO Delegates
Application Deadline: 
30 Aug 2013 (All day)

At CASA’s June Board meeting, a Statement of Opportunity was presented on non-point source air emissions. A clear outcome of the discussion was the Board’s decision to convene a small, one day workshop on non-point source air emissions. The purpose of the workshop will be to explore potential areas of work for a Non-Point Source Air Emissions project, and to provide advice for the Board’s consideration as they discuss whether this is an appropriate issue for CASA to address. Read more »

Posted August 26, 2013 by AEN

Proposed New AEN Environmental Regulatory Caucus

Initiative: 
Proposed Environmental Regulatory Caucus
Position: 
Caucus Members
Application Deadline: 
16 Aug 2013 (All day)

Context

On June 1, 2013 at the Alberta Environmental Network AGM at the Bennett Environmental Centre in Edmonton, Alberta representatives of several member groups proposed the creation of the AEN Environmental Regulatory Caucus.

Caucuses are the action arms of the AEN. They exist for member groups to share resources and jointly work on their shared agendas. Often this involves meeting with government, industry and other relevant sectors. New caucuses and working groups can be initiated if there is sufficient need and member group interest. Read more »

Posted August 6, 2013 by AEN

Alberta Caribou Action & Range Planning Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group: Cold Lake Caribou Range

Initiative: 
Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Cold Lake Caribou Range
Position: 
Two (2) ENGO Delegates and one (1) alternate
Application Deadline: 
23 Aug 2013 - 23:59

The Government of Alberta is developing caribou action plan(s) and range plans for Alberta’s fifteen caribou populations. The plans are being developed to meet the requirements of the 2012 Federal Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou, Boreal Population. A phased approach will be taken to develop the plans: (1) Little Smoky/A La Peche, (2) Cold Lake, (3) northeast caribou ranges, and (4) northwest and remaining mountain caribou ranges. Read more »

Posted August 2, 2013 by AEN

Alberta Caribou Action & Range Planning Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group: Little Smoky & A La Peche Caribou Ranges

Initiative: 
Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Little Smoky & A La Peche Caribou Ranges
Position: 
Two (2) ENGO Delegates and one (1) alternate
Application Deadline: 
9 Aug 2013 - 23:59

The Government of Alberta is developing caribou action plan(s) and range plans for Alberta’s fifteen caribou populations. The plans are being developed to meet the requirements of the 2012 Federal Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou, Boreal Population. A phased approach will be taken to develop the plans: (1) Little Smoky/A La Peche, (2) Cold Lake, (3) northeast caribou ranges, and (4) northwest and remaining mountain caribou ranges. Read more »

Posted August 2, 2013 by AEN

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