Canada's Ecological Integrity System: Monitoring conditions of parks

Park ranger conducting monitoring activities © Parks Canada
Publié: 15 juillet 2015
Dernière modification: 02 octobre 2020
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Summary

Parks Canada implements a monitoring and reporting framework which tracks key species, their conditions, and the state of ecosystem processes in all of Canada’s national parks. For each park, decisions have been made about what will be monitored and how it will be monitored. This information is then reported on against clear objectives and the trend in condition assessed, which influences the prioritization of funds allocated to protected areas.

Classifications

Region
Amérique du Nord
Scale of implementation
National
Ecosystem
Forêt de feuillus tempéré
Piscine, lac, étang
Prairie tempérée, savane, maquis
Rivière, ruisseau
Taïga
Toundra, prairie montane
Zones humide (marécage, marais, tourbière)
Écosystèmes d'eau douce
Écosystèmes forestiers
Écosystémes des prairies
Theme
Acteurs locaux
Adaptation au changement climatique
Espèces exotiques envahissantes
Fragmentation et la dégradtion de l'habitat
Gestion des espèces
Gestion et Planification des Aires protégées et conservées
Indigènes
Science et recherche
Challenges
Dégradation des terres et des forêts
Perte de biodiversité
Perte de l'écosystème

Emplacement

Canada

Impacts

  • Parks Canada is able to report to decision makers and inform the Canadian public about the trend in conditions and the ecological integrity of their protected areas. Annual reporting tracks the agency’s overall success in meeting targets, and management plans outline key initiatives which are reported at 10 year intervals in State of Park Reports.
  • Currently, 90% of the indicator ecosystems in these protected areas were maintained or improved from 2011 to 2016.
  • The legislated system provides an evidence based method for helping to prioritise funding available for parks.
  • The information collected has facilitated collaboration with indigenous partners on the expected impacts of climate change on caribou, fish and other food sources. For example, Parks Canada is able to track the encroachment of shrubs into Canada’s northern tundra and to incorporate indigenous knowledge in assessing the quality of habitat as indigenous people plan for a rapidly changing future

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Portrait de Stephen.mccanny@pc.gc.ca

Stephen McCanny Parks Canada