Funding for Environmental Monitoring and Research

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Yellowknife — August 4, 2021

The Northwest Territories Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program is providing $1.7 million in 2021/22 to support 28 monitoring and research projects. Funding recipients include Indigenous governments and organizations, universities and territorial and federal government departments.

This year, there are nine new projects starting, receiving approximately $600,000 in funding. Of the 28 projects receiving funding, three are focused on Indigenous knowledge, 24 are science focused and two combine Indigenous knowledge and science. All of these projects address key cumulative impact monitoring priorities for caribou, water and fish. Results will provide valuable knowledge for resource managers, governments and communities to inform decision-making.


“The assessment of cumulative effects is needed to determine the overall health of our land and water. The cumulative impacts monitoring and research projects funded this year cover a wide range of topics and will help decision-makers at all levels make informed decisions for the territory and for residents.”


- Shane Thompson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources


Quick facts

  • $1.7 million in funding will be distributed to 28 monitoring and research projects.
  • 9 new projects are starting in 2021/22, 10 are mid-term, 9 are in the final year and 2 have been withdrawn due to COVID-19.
  • Recommendations on project funding were made by a steering committee comprised of representatives from Indigenous governments and organizations, co-management boards and territorial and federal governments.

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