Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14
Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome
Sub-program 2.5.2 - Ecosystem Assessments
Multiple and sometimes conflicting use of oceans requires that the integrated management of aquatic environments and resources be informed by an ecosystem science-based approach. This approach is interdisciplinary in nature and delivers a more comprehensive understanding of ocean variables and their interactions, both living and non-living, and ultimately how human activities impact aquatic ecosystems. Through space-basedFootnote1, aerialFootnote2, autonomous vehiclesFootnote3, and vessel-based platforms, the Department conducts scientific research and monitoring of ecosystem attributes and characteristics. This knowledge informs the development of ecosystem assessments and status reports, conservation and ecosystem-based management tools including risk assessment tools, ecosystem indicators, climate change adaptation, and cumulative impact assessments for use by policy and decision-makers in the integrated management of aquatic environments in Canada's oceans and inland waterways.
Financial Resources ($ millions)
Human Resources (FTE)
|Ocean regulators and users have access to a sound knowledge base on the state of marine aquatic ecosystems||Percentage of approved requests for science advice in support of oceans management that are completed within the required timelines||90% by March 31, 2014|
The Ecosystem Assessments Sub-program is part of the Oceans Management Program.
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