National Agri-Environmental Health Analysis and Reporting Program

This program has expired. The following is for information purposes only.

National Agri-Environmental Health Analysis and Reporting Program (NAHARP) provided science-based agri-environmental information to guide in policy and program design. As policies and programs are implemented, information from NAHARP can help with analyzing and understanding the results actually achieved. The program created report cards to track the environmental performance of Canadian agriculture.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will continue to release periodic reports of Agri-Environmental Indicators (AEI) through the Sustainable Science and Technology Advancement initiative under Growing Forward 2. For a summary of the latest report see Environmental Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture: Agri-Environmental Indicator Report Series - Report No. 3. The report itself is available at Government of Canada Publications. You can also see detailed AEI using the online web mapping application, where data between 1981 and 2006 are represented in the interactive maps, and comparisons between years can be made.

AEI are the result of efforts to develop new ways of measuring and understanding the links between agriculture and the environment. They are science-based measures of key environmental conditions, risks, and changes resulting from agriculture, and of management practices that producers use to mitigate these risks.

AEI provide important information to decision-makers on how the sector is performing, why the sector is performing as it is, whether that performance is satisfactory, and how it is likely to evolve in the future. Better decisions about whether and how to improve that performance are the expected result.

The AEI have been grouped into functional themes to capitalize on areas of commonality in development.

  • Risk to Water Quality - This thematic area includes indicators dealing with agricultural impacts on water quality. Risks of agricultural nutrients - nitrogen and phosphorus, agricultural pesticides and agricultural source enteric microorganisms entering water sources are included in this area.
  • Atmospheric Emissions - This component includes indicators dealing with agricultural impacts on air quality. Agricultural emissions of Greenhouse Gases, Ammonia, Particulate Matter and Odour are included in this grouping.
  • Land Vulnerability - This component includes indicators dealing with agricultural impacts on soil and land health, vulnerability and productivity. Risks posed by soil erosion, soil salinity, soil contamination by trace elements, desertification and soil organic carbon change are included in this thematic area.
  • Landscape Ecology - This component includes indicators which look at issues with effects past the agricultural land base and/or the connections to the broader environment, including wildlife and landscape heterogeneity.
  • Life Cycle Analysis - This component looks at different eco-efficiencies through the entire life cycle of various commodities. This component will be split into greenhouse gases, water supply and energy analysis.