|2003/04 – 2005/06 SERVICE
Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection
Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection is committed to protecting
and enhancing the quality of British Columbia’s environment. This
Service Plan outlines how we will provide leadership and support
to help communities stay healthy, encourage recreational opportunities,
contribute to a sustainable environment, and promote a strong and
vibrant provincial economy. This plan also reports on the ministry’s
progress in meeting the government’s objectives for the environment
and the economy. We have made significant progress in changing our
business methods to meet these objectives, but challenges remain.
Clear goals, objectives and meaningful performance measures, such
as those indicated in this plan, guide our actions in improving
environmental performance. The Service Plan guides how we develop
policy, regulations and other science-based tools. It also informs
how we monitor regulatory compliance and the state of the environment.
Recurrent themes in this plan include the need for: scientific information
for standards, monitoring and compliance; opportunities for innovation
and economic development; and reduced regulatory requirements.
British Columbia is recognized globally for its exceptional wildlife,
diversity of ecosystems and its rich natural resources. We work
to maintain these valuable natural assets, which are at the heart
of many recreational and economic activities enjoyed by British
Columbians in all regions of the province. We are concerned about
the effect of global climate change and are developing an action
plan that balances British Columbia’s interests and ensures that
they are addressed at the national level. We support the province’s
focus on community health by improving the quality of our air, water
and land through the use of clean, renewable energy and the promotion
of energy efficiency and other sustainable practices.
Stewardship is key to achieving our important environmental mandate.
This Service Plan outlines the ways we are actively pursuing opportunities
for sharing the responsibility of environmental protection. We are
listening to and developing partnerships with governments, First
Nations, communities, academic institutions, industries, volunteer
organizations and citizens. As a ministry, we look forward to establishing
these vital partnerships and moving forward together to protect
the environment and the health of all British Columbians.