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Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 88, Issue 1–3, pp 409–418 | Cite as

Establishing the Canadian Community Monitoring Network

  • Graham Whitelaw
  • Hague Vaughan
  • Brian Craig
  • David Atkinson
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Abstract

Community-based ecosystem monitoring activities in Canada are increasing in response to a number of factors including: (i) the needs of decision-makers for timely information on local environmental changes; (ii) limited use of government monitoring data and information by decision makers; (iii) government cuts to monitoring programs; (iv) the increasingly recognized need to include stakeholders in planning and management processes; and (v) the desire of citizens to contribute to environmental protection. To date there has been no network coordination of community based monitoring in Canada. This paper reports on the establishment of the Canadian Community Monitoring Network by Environment Canada's Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network Coordinating Office and the Canadian Nature Federation. Information on research prepared in support of network establishment is presented along with a discussion of the potential of the network.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Graham Whitelaw
    • 1
  • Hague Vaughan
    • 2
  • Brian Craig
    • 2
  • David Atkinson
    • 3
  1. 1.School of PlanningUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network's Coordinating OfficeEnvironment CanadaBurlingtonCanada
  3. 3.Canadian Nature FederationOttawaCanada

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