Progress Report on Implementation of the Recommendations of the Panel on the Ecological Integrity of Canada's National Parks


Chapter 6. Tools for Understanding and Monitoring Ecological Integrity
Panel Recommendation Considerations Action
(6-4) We recommend that Parks Canada integrate monitoring within the management accountability framework. Specifically, we recommend that Parks Canada ...   UNDER WAY - FUNDING. The new Ecosystem Conservation Planning Guide, currently under development, will clearly state the importance of monitoring. As an annex to the Parks Canada Guide to Management Planning, it will improve the link between monitoring and management accountability. The extent and timing of implementation of the new guide are subject to the availability of new funding.
(6-5) We recommend that Parks Canada further develop the program for ecological monitoring and assessment in national parks. Specifically, we recommend the following actions ...

Existing monitoring programs have been developed to take account of specific factors – size, location, stressors – related to individual national parks. The majority of the parks, however, are struggling to set up and sustain monitoring programs at this time.

Enhanced monitoring within national parks would allow for testing and refining indicators used in federal State of the Environment Reporting and sharing of protocols through the Ecological Assessment and Monitoring Network (EMAN).

UNDER WAY - FUNDING. The need for an organized and consistent ecological integrity monitoring program has been addressed in the implementation strategy that has been prepared for government consideration as part of the normal budget process. The new Ecosystem Conservation Planning Guide, currently under development, will provide guidance on the requirements for ecological monitoring and assessment in national parks. A supplementary technical guide will be produced to outline a series of parameters that must be monitored at each national park. The extent and timing of implementation of the guide are subject to the availability of new funding.
(6-6) We recommend that Parks Canada support ongoing regional and national monitoring initiatives with monitoring data at the park level by ... A number of national parks, including Kejimkujik, Prince Albert, Jasper, Pacific Rim and La Mauricie, currently participate in regional and national monitoring initiatives. UNDER WAY - FUNDING. Parks Canada will enhance its participation in regional and national monitoring initiatives, subject to the availability of new funding.
(6-7) Correct the absence of an atmospheric monitoring program by establishing a network of six monitoring stations in national parks, in co-operation with the Atmospheric Environment Branch of Environment Canada.

Parks Canada participates in cooperative air quality monitoring initiatives led by other agencies at several sites (e.g. Kejimkujik, La Mauricie, Prince Albert and Kootenay National Parks).

The measures recommended would assist in filling gaps in the Meteorological Service of Canada's (formerly the Atmospheric Environment Service) atmospheric monitoring of Canada's major ecosystems.

UNDER WAY - FUNDING. The proposal for six additional air quality monitoring sites has been addressed in the implementation strategy that has been prepared for government consideration as part of the normal budget process. The extent and timing of establishing the network of monitoring stations are subject to the availability of new funding.


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