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Environmental Trends and Environmental Governance in Canada


  • Edward A. Parson


Since the 1960s, environmental stresses in the industrialized world have shifted from predominantly local to global scale, from separate to increasingly tightly coupled stresses, and from readily observable acute stresses to subtle, chronic, and long-term ones. Central challenges in sucessful governance of the environment over the next few decades will involve developing more effective ways to integrate high quality, objective scientific and technical assessment with key decision needs; learning more effective processes for managing under uncertainty and responding adaptively to advances in knowledge; and effectively coordinating inevitably shared authority and capacity across multiple levels of government and between diverse public and private actors.

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  • Edward A. Parson, 2000. "Environmental Trends and Environmental Governance in Canada," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 26(s2), pages 123-143, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:26:y:2000:i:s2:p:123-143

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    1. David F. Burgess, 1981. "The Social Discount Rate for Canada: Theory and Evidence," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 7(3), pages 383-394, Summer.
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    3. Randall, Alan, 2009. "We Already Have Risk Management - Do We Really Need the Precautionary Principle?," International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, now publishers, vol. 3(1), pages 39-74, August.
    4. Basil Sharp, 2002. "Institutions and Decision Making for Sustainable Development," Treasury Working Paper Series 02/20, New Zealand Treasury.

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