NWT Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program (NWT CIMP)

Monitoring and Reporting

What is monitored?

Valued Components (VCs) are important parts of the environment that northerners think should be monitored.

Although  NWT CIMP uses a broad definition of environment to include both biophysical (land, water and air) and human (social, economic, and cultural), it currently places an emphasis on the biophysical environment.

Through a priority-setting exercise, key NWT decision-makers directed NWT CIMP to focus on monitoring and researching three VCs of critical importance to the people of the NWT: caribou, water, and fish.

What projects are supported?

One way NWT CIMP supports monitoring and research  of cumulative impacts and environmental trends is by providing funding to partners through an annual funding process. 

Preference is given to collaborative projects that study cumulative impact monitoring priorities of multi-Valued Components (caribou, fish, water), involve key partners, and are well designed, meeting our criteria. The NWT CIMP Steering Committee annually reviews project proposals based on a competitive process and makes recommendations to Environment and Natural Resources for funding allocation.

Refer to Apply for funding for more information, including instructions, templates and key dates.

How do we make sure the monitoring program is effective?

As required by various land claim agreements and legislations, the NWT Environmental Audit is conducted every five years by an independent Auditor.  The Audit checks on the health of the environment, the efficiency of environmental management processes, the status of the implementation of recommendations from previous audits and the effectiveness of NWT CIMP. 

Where can I find the information?

All NWT CIMP project results and information are available on the NWT Discovery Portal. This Portal is a comprehensive online source for NWT environmental monitoring knowledge.