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Feds still lack overarching federal sustainable development strategy that identifies clear, concrete actions supported by coordination among federal departments

The concerns we have raised in this report are hardly new. About 20 years ago, the federal government acknowledged that the impacts of climate change would pose significant, long-term challenges throughout Canada, from more frequent and severe storms in Atlantic Canada to changes in the amount of rain available to farmers. And today, the federal government still lacks an overarching federal strategy that identifies clear, concrete actions supported by coordination among federal departments.

Over the past two years, the world's attention has been largely focused on the turbulence in the global economy. At the same time, evidence of the rapid deterioration of the planet's environmental quality has continued to mount. Two examples illustrate the worrying global environmental trends. First, in this, the International Year of Biodiversity, several scientific assessments have painted a bleak picture of our impacts on the animals and plants around us. Globally, we have failed to meet the

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