Great Lakes Protection Act
by msmith39 on October 30, 2015 - 10:43pm
This October 7, the latest iteration of the Great Lakes Protection Act, Bill 66 was passed. It employs the Great Lakes Strategy, which was created by Great Lakes experts, First Nation, Metis and stakeholders. It is meant to protect the ecological health, and involve locals in restoration initiatives, as well as establishing monitoring and reporting programs to the Great Lakes Guardians Councils. The council will be setting goals on the basis of the outcomes of these monitoring results and reports. Much of the restoration and protection work will most likely be done by the municipalities and other local authorities.
This approach of management can be seen as adaptive management. This is because the Great Lakes Strategy will be undertaken before December 17,2018, and reviewed every six years after that. The six-year reviews must also include the cumulative stresses and impacts, and the article clearly states it will include an adaptive management approach. Adaptive Management in this context includes flexibility within the strategies and from the people within the council, that they recognize they do not know all of the effects and outcomes currently involved, the review allows for a learning opportunity and for action to be taken and that they are using management as a treatment for the lakes to be sustainable and ecologically healthy.
Learning opportunities that they expect and hope to be able to better manage after further review include impacts of wind turbines (as they were not banned with this act), if power should be delegated to the Minister to select the members of the Guardian’s council, and where the funding will come from.
I would consider this an example of active adaptive management, this is because they have multiple methods of reaching sustainability and plan to learn (at least every 6 years) the best methods.