New Environmental Monitoring and Research Projects Funded in the NWT

July 4, 2018
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YELLOWKNIFE (July 4, 2018) – Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Robert C. McLeod announced today that 12 new environmental monitoring and research projects are receiving funding through the Northwest Territories Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program (NWT CIMP). Total funding for these new projects is $760,000.

These projects will be funded over the next three years and will be conducted in partnership with various Indigenous organizations, Canadian universities, and territorial and federal government departments.

This announcement brings the total number of current projects funded through NWT CIMP to 16. Project topics include tracking the influence of permafrost thaw in peatlands on aquatic health and the collection of Traditional Knowledge to better understand changes in boreal and barren-ground caribou habitat.


“The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to supporting NWT CIMP. These environmental monitoring and research projects, which use scientific and traditional sources of knowledge, are critical for the future of the north and sustainable development in the territory. A healthy environment is essential to the longevity of our land and for northerners now and in the future."
- Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources

Quick Facts:

  • NWT CIMP is an environmental monitoring program focused on understanding environmental trends and the cumulative environmental impacts of human and natural changes in the NWT.
  • The goal of the program is to provide information to NWT resource managers, governments and communities for decision-making.
  • NWT CIMP is currently focused on caribou, water and fish, three valued components that decision-makers agree are of critical importance to NWT residents.
  • Each year, NWT CIMP funds projects which generate new information about caribou, water and fish, while providing community training and capacity building opportunities.
  • A Steering Committee of Indigenous, territorial and federal governments guides the program and makes recommendations on project funding.
  • A list of projects funded from 1999-2019 can be found online.


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Media Inquiries:

Dawn Curtis
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Environment and Natural Resources
Government of the Northwest Territories