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.
Specific monitoring and research 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 Indigenous knowledge (IK) in cumulative impact monitoring is a program priority. The goal is to support IK that will result in information that can be incorporated into land and water use decision-making. In keeping with the holistic nature of IK, the general focus of IK monitoring within NWT CIMP 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.