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Agriculture Canada initiated the Agri-Environmental Indicator Project (AEI) in January 1993 to develop environmental indicators for the agricultural resource sector. In the first phase, a set of indicators was to be developed which made best use of existing data. A second, longer-term phase would focus on improving and refining the initial set of environmental indicators.

The objective of the agri-environmental indicator development project was to develop a core set of agri-environmental indicators which would:

  • provide a capability for evaluating the environmental sustainability of the agricultural sector, in particular from a national perspective
  • provide agri-food decision-makers and stakeholders with succinct information on key trends in the sector in relation to environmental sustainability
  • through the provision of relevant information, facilitate the integration of environmental considerations into the sector's policy-making, programming and planning processes

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