The Hydro-Climatic Monitoring Roadmap: A guide to enabling hydro climatic monitoring in Indigenous communities

The Hydro-Climatic Monitoring Roadmap

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Network of Networks (NoN) will support Canadian communities in establishing hydro-climactic monitoring programs to strengthen local stewardship over environmental resources and capacity building in communities through funding the development of monitoring programs, which include skills development, job creation, and training. 

This report describes these components and provides a step by step guide for how to build an overarching monitoring framework that is scientifically rigorous, technically feasible, decision-oriented, and scalable.  This guidance is applied to two different Indigenous communities (Matawa First Nations Management and Dehcho First Nations) to illustrate how it can be applied more broadly. 
The report includes the following sections:

  • Section 1 introduces the Network of Network program, its purpose, why it matters, and describes the structure and content of the report; 
  • Section 2 describes common challenges of long-term monitoring, and proposes solutions to those challenges, and provides context about monitoring within the Network of Networks; 
  • Section 3 describes the essential components involved in the development of a monitoring framework; and, 
  • Section 4 describes how the components described in Section 3 can be brought together for the development of a monitoring framework. 
  • Appendix A & B provide frameworks for enabling hydro-climactic monitoring for Matawa First Nations Management and Dehcho First Nations. 

This project was generously funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada. 

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