Report of the
Review the results of Green Plan and other agri-food environmental sustainability planning and consultations to prepare for ACCORD Committee consideration a report addressing the following topics:
1. Review Results of Other Processes for Establishing Priorities.
The main sources used as the basis for this review by the Agreement Management Committee (AMC) were:
2. Prioritize by Issue.
Earlier work identified eight main environmental issues for environmental sustainability in Canada's agri-food sector:
Of these eight issues, Agriculture Canada is addressing three on a national basis (air and climate, energy, genetic diversity) rather than with funds controlled at the provincial level. In Ontario, there is general agreement that water quantity is not a major problem for agriculture.
The remaining four issues have become the focus of Green Plan activity in Ontario, including the stakeholder forum at Kempenfelt in October and in the various committees of stakeholders and officials associated with the Accord.
At the stakeholder forum in Kempenfelt, facilitators re-grouped the four issues into four categories of programming recommendations:
The Advisory Committee's review of the stakeholder forum proposed a different sorting of the 30 recommendations into seven action-oriented groupings, as opposed to grouping by issue. See next section.
The AMC suggests that there are two major priority issues and two secondary priority issues for allocating agri-food Green Plan funds in Ontario, and that as a starting point funds should be apportioned about as follows:
Note that environmental impacts of pesticides, fertilizer, manure and soil sediment are considered to be part of the soil quality and water quality categories. "Waste management" is defined narrowly as:
Note also that at the internal Agriculture Canada meetings in early 1991, a major project on rabies eradication was proposed. The COESA Accord Committee and its AMC have both recommended that any rabies control project be considered only as one of possibly several proposals in the "wildlife compatibility with agriculture" category.
3. Prioritize by Type of Action Needed.
The F/P Agriculture Committee on Environmental Sustainability prescribed six types of action to address the identified environmental issues:
Internal meetings in early 1991 among Agriculture Canada branches in Ontario recommended a starting point of 40% for research and technology transfer activities, and 60% for "direct action" activities, a split roughly consistent with overall Green Plan intentions (across all sectors and all of Canada). The recommended 40% for research and technology transfer was to include associated research administration, and "research" included activity labelled under the National Soil Conservation Program (NSCP) as "Research", "Monitoring", and "Soil Survey".
The Advisory Committee's review of the stakeholder forum proposed sorting the 30 recommendations into seven action-oriented groupings:
This proposal also suggested setting no priorities in advance, but rather call for proposals in six areas, and have the Advisory Committee review them to recommend which proposals should be funded.
The AMC has grouped the types of action into three categories deemed applicable for this review, and suggests tentative apportioning of funds among the actions approximately as follows:
4. Consider Factors Such as Complementarity With Other Programs.
The attempt is to minimize overlap and duplication, while trying to take mutual advantage of complementary programming. For example, finding a home for urban organic waste is primarily an urban problem so one may expect funding from ministries etc. who are charged with solving that problem. Agricultural funding and expertise can "leverage" funding in this way by helping to find a farmland home for the urban problem, while taking into account the impact on agriculture.
Similarly, preference should be given to activities where there is mutual complementarily with other OMAF and Agriculture Canada programs, and with other government and industry programs such as:
Created: 27 December, 1996 10:45:42