The Arctic Institute of North America (AINA), University of Calgary is examining CBMP Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan implementation feasibility at northern Canadian research stations. This study is supported by Environment Canada. AINA, home to the Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS) in Yukon, is a member of the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO) and the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT).
The goal is to engage station mangers, the research community, and agencies charged with monitoring terrestrial biodiversity and resource management, in a dialogue to:
1. Assess alignment between current station-based activities (research and monitoring) and proposed CBMP activities;
2. Determine opportunities for harmonization with the CBMP plan;
3. Identify necessary resources and capacity building requirements for enabling uptake of monitoring of Focal Ecosystem Components identified by CBMP;
4. Assess how implementation of CBMP recommendations might improve research (capacity and results), decision-making, and the exchange of data and information among Canadian stations, researchers, and agencies, and with the international terrestrial research and monitoring communities.
AINA will implement a survey to elicit input from key parties following preliminary discussions at the INTERACT Station Managers Forum at the Abisko Scientific Research Station, Sweden 25-28 September 2013. Initial results will be available for continued discussion at the CNNRO meeting in December in Halifax. Following open review, a final report will be released in Spring 2014.
If you have questions about this study, would like to offer input, or participate in the survey please contact:
Sian Williams, Station Manager, KLRS, Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary (sian [dot] williams [at] ucalgary [dot] ca)
Maribeth S. Murray, Executive Director, Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary, (murraym [at] ucalgary [dot] ca)