The Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) is a multi-stakeholder organisation that is a key advisor to the provincial and federal governments and is committed to respectful, inclusive dialogue to make recommendations for the management of the cumulative environmental effects of industrial development on air, land, water and biodiversity in the Athabasca oil sands region. There are five working groups within the CEMA: the Reclamation Working Group (RWG), Land Working Group, Surface Water Working Group, Air Working Group and Groundwater Working Group. This paper describes the history and structure of RWG, including a brief description of the sub-groups and the task groups that report to RWG. We review the list of recommendations made to government by the group, including how they are currently used or are expected to be used within the regulatory process. Information regarding current projects that support the update of existing guidelines or development of new guidelines is also reviewed (including end pit lake guidance and reclamation certification criteria and indicators).
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