Inuvialuit Settlement Region – Community-Based Monitoring Program

The Inuvialuit Settlement Region – Community-Based Monitoring Program (ISR-CBMP) is a partnership that includes the six ISR Hunters and Trappers Committees, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) wildlife co-management boards, the Inuvialuit Game Council, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, and the Joint Secretariat. Community interests and priorities are integral to the design and implementation of the program, along with the management needs and priorities of Inuvialuit organizations, wildlife co-management boards and territorial and federal resource management authorities.

DSC_0152The Inuvialuit Settlement Region covers an area of 1.1 million km2, similar in size to the state of Alaska. Community-based monitoring of this expansive region is required to fulfill the principles and sections of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. The ISR-CBMP aligns with the overall principles of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA), a comprehensive Land Claim in Canada. The IFA Principles are: a) to preserve Inuvialuit culture and identity and values within a changing northern society; b) to enable Inuvialuit to be equal and meaningful participants in the northern and national economy and society; and, c) to protect and preserve the Arctic wildlife, environment and biological productivity.1

The ISR-CBMP focuses on improving resource management decision-making through the collection and application of local environmental knowledge and local environment-related information. The ISR-CBMP is building and increasing local capacity in the ISR communities to monitor current conditions and trends.

DSC03955The data and knowledge collected and shared through the ISR-CBMP are the direct results of community participation in monitoring efforts. The Program is creating a cadre of trained Community Resource Technicians prepared to work on priority monitoring needs for decision-makers. Community-based monitoring generates data and knowledge that provide insight into trends and changes in environmental conditions over time, for management needs and priorities of the local resource users, co-management boards, and government agencies.

 

Program Goals

  1. Contribute reliable environmental data and local expert Inuvialuit knowledge to inform and support decisions by resource managers and developers, Inuvialuit organizations and wildlife co-management boards.
  2. Incorporate local expert Inuvialuit knowledge as well as local ways of monitoring into community-based monitoring efforts.
  3. Build and increase capacity in Inuvialuit communities to enhance participation in local and regional monitoring and research activities.
  4. Establish a long-term harvest-monitoring program to meet ISR decision-makers data and knowledge needs.

1 – Principles of THE WESTERN ARCTIC CLAIM – The Inuvialuit Final Agreement (As Amended)