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Audit - Manitoba Climate Change

MB government logo Manitoba Wildlands is auditing the Manitoba government's climate change targets, actions and commitments.

Manitoba Wildlands Owl Manitoba's 2002 climate change plan is at the five-year mark. Reporting on provincial targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions, with real emissions targets and baselines, are expected by Manitobans.

Manitoba Wildlands is auditing the following Manitoba government climate change documents: downloadDownload Manitoba Wildlands' listing of Executive Summary & Full Recommendations from the 2001 Task Force report MWL owl (PDF)
downloadDownload Manitoba Wildlands' September 2007 analysis of September 2001 Manitoba Climate Change Task Force report actions provided by Manitoba government Part ONE MWL owl (PDF)
downloadDownload Manitoba Wildlands' September 2007 analysis of September 2001 Manitoba Climate Change Task Force report actions provided by Manitoba government Part TWO MWL owl (PDF)
downloadDownload Manitoba Wildlands' September 2007 document regarding Manitoba GHG emissions reductions targets, reporting and actions MWL owl (PDF)

View Manitoba Wildlands 2007 election survey regarding Climate Change MWL owl
View September 12, 2007 Manitoba Wildlands news item MWL owl
View more Manitoba climate change Initiatives

The second stage of the Audit includes review of action for commitments in Manitoba's 2002 Climate Action Plan, and in the 2007 Council of he Federation (All Premiers Council for Canada) climate change report, Manitoba sections.

The Manitoba Wildlands climate change audit found that very little government information about Manitoba's actions has been released.

downloadDownload Manitoba Wildlands' October 2007 Analysis of the 2002 Kyoto and Beyond report MWL owl (PDF)
downloadDownload Manitoba Wildlands' October 2007 Analysis of the 2007 Council of the Federation Climate Change report MWL owl (PDF)
View October 4, 2007 Manitoba Wildlands news itemMWL owl


Premier Doer's claim during the spring 2007 election (PDF) that 2001 Climate Change Task Force Report recommendations have been acted on (see page 5) provided the basis for Manitoba Wildlands' audit. Manitoba lead the way in Canada in its endorsement of Kyoto standards for GHG reductions.

Manitoba Wildlands is also undertaking this audit because:
  • Manitoba's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue to rise according to the National Inventory Report, 1990-2004
  • Manitoba's total emissions for 1990 were 18 MT, while in 2004, total emissions for Manitoba had risen to 20 Mt of CO2 equivalents
  • Manitoba is off track to meet GHG emissions reduction targets stated in its 2002 climate change plan - 18% below 1990 levels for 2010 and 23% below 1990 levels for 2012. Manitoba will now have to reduce emissions by 29% to meet this target.
  • Funding for climate change research is starting to appear, but grants programs, public education, and mitigation measures need to increase rapidly
  • Documentation of actual GHG emissions reductions in Manitoba is needed; emissions trading systems are not enough
  • No new action on the east side of the province for significant preservation of the boreal forest and protection of carbon sinks has occured since 1999. Only one Eastside Community has completed its land plan.
  • Expensive projects requiring public (taxpayers) funds continue to be licensed and built in Manitoba without adequate consideration for climate change impacts from and on those projects.
  • Economic development projects and technology development are only some of the tools for climate change policy.
  • Manitoba holds carbon in our forests, our waterways, our wetlands that matter for the future of our country, our world. Manitobans need to be a part of the decision-making to determine the future of our ecosystems and ecosystem services, especially in the face of climate change.
  • Access to information is the cornerstone of policy and program delivery, yet Manitobans do not have access to climate change baseline data, emissions by site and kind, or annual information about actual emissions.
  • There is no public Manitoba government document or website that includes baseline and benchmarked data on Manitoba's greenhouse gas emission by sector for 1990 onwards. This data is essential for decision making and solutions regarding climate change.
  • Annual total GHG emissions for Manitoba as stated in the national inventory reports appear to be under estimated. Other reports refer to total emissions for a specific year that are higher than national inventory reports.
  • There is no public information that verifies or evaluates the projections, claims, and commitments made in Manitoba Climate Change reports. No report has been provided on actions and outcomes from these sets of commitments. It is impossible to know whether or to what extent Manitoba's climate change initiatives since 2002 achieved objectives.
  • Access to Manitoba's Climate Change reports is difficult, due to only providing downloads to full reports, with no viewing option, without any options to download selected sections. All Manitoba government climate change public policy, reports, data, regulation should be located together and easily accessible.

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