Definition Of Environmental Agreements

1.132 In our case studies, we found that responsible departments have different information and knowledge about achieving the environmental objectives and outcomes of their agreements. We found that the departments were aware of the environmental results for two agreements (the Montreal Protocol and the Ozone Annex), were unaware of the results for two others (MARPOL and Ramsar) and were partially aware of an agreement (UNFA). We found that, for the Montreal Protocol and the Ozone Annex, the expected results were clearly defined and the results measured. 1.5 International environmental agreements are important because they allow countries to cooperate to address important environmental issues that are cross-border or global, such as air pollution, climate change, ozone protection and marine pollution. In Canada, the quality of our environment depends not only on what we do at home, but also on activities outside our borders. Our national measures alone are often not enough to protect our environment, our resources and our health. We need to work with other countries to find common solutions to international environmental problems that directly affect us. 1.130 Recommendation. With regard to the responsibility of international environmental agreements, responsible federal authorities or authorities should clearly specify and document the environmental results they expect; How they will measure and communicate the results and how they will evaluate and verify the results in order to improve performance.

1.39 What we looked at. We wanted to know if Environment Canada knew the extent to which Canada was able to target the consumption of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and methyl bromide. In addition, we reviewed information provided by Environment Canada on the environmental outcomes of reducing the use of ozone-depleting substances. 1.76 The various information we examined do not provide sufficient guidance on the state of marine oil pollution. Transport Canada has also sought to gather information from the various marine pollution prevention programs, but has provided only limited evidence that it has analyzed the problem, assessed the effectiveness of existing prevention and surveillance programs, or clearly defined the expected environmental outcomes of these programs. 1.30 Knowing whether the environmental objectives and expected outcomes of the agreements will be achieved is a prerequisite for the effectiveness of accountability.