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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We breathe about 26,000 times a day, inhaling around 14,000 litres of air. Although the overall quality of the air in Saskatchewan is excellent, the air we breathe is important to our health and if air quality deteriorates, our health can be affected.

Biodiversity is simply "the Variety of Life". Biodiversity includes all species of plants, animals and micro-organisms from the smallest of insects to the towering white spruce and the ecosystems and ecological processes of which they are a part.

The single most significant environmental challenge facing the globe and citizens of the earth is the changes in our climate that are occurring as a result of greenhouse gas emissions.

Everyone shares a responsibility to ensure the natural resources of Saskatchewan are used in a responsible manner. Compliance and Enforcement is the regulatory arm of Saskatchewan Environment that protects the public's interests in the management of air, land, water and natural resources.

The program provides a practical, comprehensive and integrated approach to decision-making designed to systematically evaluate the ecological, socio-economic and cultural aspects of development within a single framework so that the real costs and tradeoffs at stake in a particular situation can be fully understood.

Saskatchewan has some of the best fishing in the world. The productive lakes of the south and the deep cold waters of the north have a variety of fish species that provide us with many recreational and economic opportunities.

Saskatchewan, usually thought of as a prairie province, is actually more than half forests. Most of these - more than 90 per cent - are provincial Crown forests, owned by the people of Saskatchewan. On their behalf, the Ministry of Environment ensures that these forests are sustainably managed.

The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to finding solutions to the environmental problems facing our province, our country and our planet.

Hunting has deep social, cultural and environmental value to the people of Saskatchewan. Hunting also has an important economic impact in the province, especially in rural areas.

The Ministry of Environment is responsible for managing more than 37 million hectares of Crown resource land largely found in central and northern Saskatchewan, but with holdings throughout the province.

We in Saskatchewan are committed to a healthy environment and a sustainable economy. Along with that is a growing recognition that we need to get past the "throw away" mentality.

The trapping industry in Saskatchewan includes over 3,000 registered trappers and generates between $2 and $3 million every year.

The Ministry of Environment plays a lead role in the development of legislation and policy for waste management, stewardship, regional waste management and waste minimization initiatives.

All programs and services associated with municipal drinking water and wastewater operations and affiliated surface and ground protection have been transferred to the Water Security Agency.

The Ministry of Environment is responsible for the prevention, detection, monitoring and suppression of wildfires in Saskatchewan.

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