1.126 While there were no specific requirements to report to Parliament or Canadians on the achievement of results in the five environmental agreements, responsible services have, in some cases, used their departmental performance reports to report on international environmental agreements. However, in most cases, the reports focused on departmental activities or initiatives, not on environmental outcomes. We found an exception: with respect to the ozone schedule, Environment Canada provided information in its performance reports on the xenon content of soil in major cities and the concentration of clean air pollutants. 1.23 Results Reports. Effective accountability requires that actual results be measured and communicated against expectations. Department reports on department plans and priorities and departmental performance reports are the two main means used by federal departments to report to Parliament on expected results. Departments can report, in other ways, on the results of their international environmental agreements, such as periodic reports. B the secretariats of the Convention, other publications or their websites. However, departmental performance reports are the most important and recognized instrument for reporting results and results to Parliament. 1.48 What we looked at. We examined whether Environment Canada knew how well Canada would achieve the estimated reduction in NOx and VOC emissions, as indicated in the Ozone Annex. In addition, we reviewed related information on Canada`s environmental impact or the results of emissions reductions.
1.46 The agreement. In December 2000, Canada signed the protocol between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America amending the air quality agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America, which is simply known as the Ozone Annex. The Ozone Annex aims to reduce cross-border air pollution by reducing emissions of ozone precursors in its designated area – in Canada – in central and southern Ontario and southern Quebec. The long-term goal of the Ozone Schedule for Canada is that ground ozone levels do not exceed Canadian ozone standards. 1.91 Ocean ecosystems and the environmental and human impact on fish stocks, however, are very complex and are only partially understood. As a result, fisheries science is a challenge and reflects significant uncertainties over most years, including the assessment of fish stocks and expected conservation outcomes. 1.1 International environmental agreements reflect important government policies on major environmental issues and Canadians should know what has been achieved and what has not been achieved through these agreements. We reviewed five international environmental agreements to determine whether the relevant federal departments know to what extent the concrete objectives of the agreements are being achieved. We found that services were informed to varying degrees of their ability to achieve the environmental objectives and outcomes of their respective agreements. The use of multilateral environmental agreements began in 1857, when a German agreement regulates the flow of water between Lake Constance and Austria and Switzerland.  International environmental protocols were put in place as part of environmental policy following the widespread perception of cross-border environmental problems in the 1960s.  1.13 In Canada, Parliament and Canadians do not always have adequate information on the progress made under our agreements.
In our 1998 report, Chapter 2, Working Globally – Canada`s International Environmental Commitments, we noted that Canada does not always have an overview of how it works in implementing its international environmental commitments. This category and the subcategory are intended to cover all