Section IV - Federal Sustainable Development Strategy - DPR - 2011-12

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Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

The need for managing sustainably has been linked to government priorities for many years. Between 1997 and 2009, Defence developed four iterations of its Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) as required under the Auditor General Act (AGA). In 2010, the Defence SDS requirement was superseded by a whole of government approach under the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS), as required under the new Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA). However, it was recognized that the FSDS did not fully address the full range of activities Defence conducts in support of sustainable development.

In response to this gap, the development of a new Defence Environment Strategy (DES) was identified within Defence Priorities in November 2010. The DES is being developed as a way forward for environmentally sustainable Defence management over the next 20 years, and will address the federal sustainability agenda through its inclusion of the FSDS commitments. Its impetus stems from the ongoing requirement of integrating environmental considerations into the wide breadth of activities undertaken within Defence in support of the four pillars upon which Canada's military capabilities are built: personnel, equipment, infrastructure and readiness.

The DES is a shift from simply managing environmental regulatory requirements to effective risk management of environmental obligations at an organizational level in support of a modern military.

For more information on the Federal approach to FSDS, please see Environment Canada's website at:

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