Community Based Monitoring in Canada

February 8, 2018

This report surveyed over a hundred Canadian CBM organizations and created a current “  snapshot  ” of CBM in Canada.

"Our research, consisting of a nation-wide survey of CBM organizations, indicates that CBM programs are filling information gaps on watershed health, informing decision-making at various levels of government, and fostering environmental stewardship in communities across Canada."  — (Executive Summary of The Report)

This document answers some of the following important questions people might have including:

  1. Where are CBM organizations   located?
  2. How many   exist  ?
  3. What are they   testing   for?
  4. How are the data   analyzed  ?
  5. How are CBM programs   funded?
  6. Where is data being   housed and managed  ?
  7. How is the data   accessed  ?
  8. What is the   relationship   between   CBM   and   policy development  ?

The report not only gives a snapshot of the CBM programming happening in the country, but also some of the benefits and reasons for success.

"Some of the key strengths of CBM are its cost-effectiveness compared to government programming, and its diverse and place-based focus. " — (Conclusion of The Report)

The report also emphasizes the increasing numbers of CBM programs in Canada, some of which provide their data to Mackenzie DataStream.

Community-based monitoring is playing a formative role in monitoring the health of Canada’s watersheds. This is particularly relevant when federal and provincial governments’ capacity to monitor rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands can be uncertain due to shifting priorities and funding constraints. " — (Conclusion from The Report)
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