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Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) as an Outreach and Capacity Building Tool in Canada's North
  • General public
During Arctic-BIONET we adapted a national biomonitoring program (CABIN) to teach northerners the skills and knowledge needed for northern-based aquatic biomonitoring during and beyond IPY. CABIN, which uses benthic invertebrates and associated environmental variables to assess freshwater health, depends upon such partnerships. Our project reaches new northern partners and those already engaged in biomonitoring. Training and outreach has included: Aurora College, Aurora Research Institute, representatives from the North Slave Metis Alliance, Sahtu Land and Water Board, Sahtu Renewable Resources Board, the Akaitcho Territorial Government, the Deh Cho Territorial Government, Wekeezhii Land and Water Board, as well as the Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT), Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Parks Canada Agency, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. CABIN-IPY training and outreach activities have included CABIN certification workshops held in Yellowknife and Fort Smith, with other workshops planned for summer 2010. This capacity-building approach targets northern high school students through partnership with GNWT, and Aurora College will incorporate CABIN into its 2-year Natural Resources Diploma Program. This IPY project will include certification training in conjunction with Nunavut Arctic College (Iqaluit, NU) and the Canadian Rivers Institute, and development of a 'Guide to Conducting Aquatic Biomonitoring in Northern Canada'. EC will pilot a 'Train-the-Trainers' approach to enhance biomonitoring capacity of northerners while strengthening the CABIN network. Promoting CABIN-certified training in the north will improve monitoring of Arctic freshwater ecosystem status and trends, filling sizeable human resources gap in the north, and enhancing bioassessment with traditional and local knowledge. Participants are united by the common objective of enabling northern youth to monitor their freshwater environments currently under pressure from rapid development and climate change.
  • Conference / workshop - general
Environment Canada, Canadian Rivers Institute
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Oslo Science Conference

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