International Collaboration for Arctic Research and Monitoring
Since 2010, the Canadian Rivers Institute has been assisting in coordinating the international efforts of the Arctic Council’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) – Freshwater. Through its partnership with
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), CRI has been the Secretariat responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan, which provides Arctic countries with a structure and set of guidelines for initiating and developing monitoring activities that employ common approaches and indicators.
Through the implementation process, the CRI has played a lead role in organizing the collection of monitoring data from the circumpolar region and managing the CBMP-freshwater database to support the development of the first regional and circumpolar assessments of Arctic freshwater biodiversity. As the Secretariat of the CBMP-freshwater, CRI aims to continue to improve communication and coordination of Arctic freshwater scientists and further its collaboration with First Nations, Métis, Inuit, government, academia, and industry to support management decisions in Canada’s Arctic that protect freshwater biodiversity.