Inventory of ecosystem indicators in Canada's north for the Northern Ecosystem Initiative

By Peter Hardi, Marlene Roy on February 6, 2007

To help make information on the state of ecosystems in Northern Canada more accessible, IISD inventoried and assessed existing ecosystem indicators in the Canadian North for Environment Canada's Northern Ecosystem Initiative.

Twenty-two ecosystem indicator initiatives and over 300 ecosystem indicators were identified, with most falling within and/or across the jurisdictional boundaries of the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. We found that individual projects were information-rich with indicators that met the needs of the initiative, but few used indicator frameworks, and most lacked aggregation mechanisms, integration and the existence of truly broad, systemic indicators.

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Environment Canada, 2007