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NWT decision makers have guided NWT CIMP to focus its monitoring and research on three priority valued components: caribou, water, and fish, given their importance to the people of the NWT. Within these priority themes, NWT CIMP is focused on geographic “hot spots” of past, current, or proposed development where cumulative impacts are most likely.
Specific research and monitoring “Blueprints” have been developed for each of the three themes in partnership with NWT land and water regulators, subject-matter experts, and the NWT CIMP Steering Committee. The Blueprints inform funding applicants of NWT CIMP funding priorities, and guide program work planning.
The use of traditional knowledge (TK) in cumulative impact monitoring is a program priority. The goal is to support TK that will result in information that can be incorporated into land and water use decision-making. In keeping with the holistic nature of TK, the general focus of TK monitoring in the program is on the biophysical environment, but the specific focus to be examined is at the discretion of the community or Indigenous organization conducting the monitoring.