Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program (CIMP)

Pathway Approach

Pathway Approach

The Pathway Approach is a model developed by NWT CIMP that can be used by researchers to ensure that NWT communities are fully involved in environmental monitoring. The Pathway Approach is a series of nine steps that define the research and monitoring process.


NWT CIMP Pathway Approach
NWT CIMP Pathway Approach


Some of the benefits of using the Pathway Approach include:

  • Partnerships and community involvement are maximized
  • Research and monitoring lead to results that are relevant to communities
  • Communities grow as partners and leaders of monitoring and research
  • Academic and government researchers understand how to effectively involve and meet the needs of northern co-management boards


In partnership with NWT monitoring and research experts–from government, regulatory agencies, communities, and academia–NWT CIMP has developed two guidance documents based on the Pathway Approach. In Pathway to Better Monitoring in Canada’s North, each step of the pathway is described in plain language to facilitate discussion between communities and researchers. Working Together Towards Relevant Environmental Monitoring and Research in the NWT  contains common approaches and advice for establishing and maintaining a research or monitoring program with NWT communities.