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Acadia Invasive Species Workshop December 2008


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    • 1. Community-Based Environmental Monitoring in Nova Scotia The Context for Invasive Species Cathy Conrad, Saint Mary’s University [email_address]
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    • 3.
      • The Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network
      • Assisting communities in accessing environmental “information” and transforming that into knowledge.
      The Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network: Assisting communities in accessing environmental information, transforming that information into knowledge, and enabling knowledge in the pursuit of action.
    • 4. -advocates Community-Based Research (CBR);… research that is conducted with and for , not on , members of the community. Unlike traditional academic research, CBR is collaborative and change oriented and finds its research questions in the needs of communities.
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      • Assist groups in environmental monitoring
      • Conduct suspended solid analysis, water quality tests, stream health assessments, forest research, etc.
      • Mapping and environmental education materials
      • We lend out equipment
      • We bring people together to meet
      • and discuss environmental issues and monitoring protocols
    • 7.
      • Citizen science is the process whereby citizens are involved in science as researchers, and can also include community-based monitoring (CBM), “a process where concerned citizens, government agencies, industry, academia, community groups, and local institutions collaborate to monitor, track and respond to issues of common community [environmental] concern” (Whitelaw et al. 2003).
    • 8. Citizen Science functions on a variety of temporal and spatial scales…
    • 9.
      • Citizens and stakeholders are included in the management of natural resources and watersheds (Keough and Blahma, 2006).
    • 10.
      • CBM has been on the increase in Canada, the U.S and across the globe. The increase has been attributed to an increase in public knowledge and concern about anthropogenic impacts on natural ecosystems and recent public and non-governmental organizations concerns about government monitoring of ecosystems.
      • Concern is based on:
        • Government cutbacks
        • Staff expertise
        • Ability to detect early warning signals
        • Ability to appreciate the watershed perspective
    • 11.
      • Increased environmental democracy
      • Scientific literacy
      • Social capital
      • Citizen inclusion in local issues
      • Ecosystems being monitored
    • 12.  
    • 13. North American Distribution Yellow Floating Heart (Nymphoides peltata) From 2007
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        • No simple remedy for a complex problem
        • Efforts should focus on early detection and prevention
    • 16. Albro Lake Watch Lake Sections: 1. Golden Park 4. Ambercrest Place Residents 7. East Gravel trail (Bench 1) 2. Boardwalk@ Parking area 5. Boardwalk @ skate park 8. East Gravel trail (Bench 2) 3. Leaman Drive Residents 6. East Boardwalk 9. Shore along Highway 111 Year Date (MM/DD) Section (Location around Lake) Species Identified Description/Comments
    • 17.
      • Monitoring for the sake of monitoring
      • Loss of volunteer interest
      • Lack of funding
      • Data fragmentation
      • Lack of participant objectivity and accuracy
      • Lack of integration with decision-makers.
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      • The implementation of organizational frameworks.
        • Identify stakeholders
        • Identify skills and resources
        • Create a communication plan
        • Create a monitoring plan
      • Enhanced tools and training
      • Increased collaboration
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      • As a consequence of the absence or reduction in environmental monitoring by government agencies, community has filled the void. And now, government is being confronted with information from the community. Where does the onus of action lie? What expectations exist and who is accountable? Right now, actions tend to be based on good faith and friendships, but little else.
    • 20. Funding and in-kind support has been provided by: Government of Western Australia Department of Conservation and Land Management; The Salamander Foundation, Environmental Damages Fund. Oliver Woods 2007
    • 21.  
    • 22. Biological Environment
      • Introduced Marine Species
        • Membranipora Membranacea
        • Green Crab ( Carcinus Meanas )
        • Codium Fragile
      • Salt Marsh Health
      • Seagrass Health
      • Fish
        • Atlantic Salmon Relative Abundance
        • American Eel Relative Abundance
      • Sea Birds
    • 23. What Happens To Your Data
      • Checked for inconsistencies
      • Entered into CBEMN monitoring database
        • Accurate up-to-date site information crucial
      • Maps showing results of data are produced
        • Great overview of location & data collected
        • Available on the CBEMN website
      • Data will become crucial form of information
    • 24.
      • The goal is always to assist communities in accessing
      • environmental information , transforming that information
      • into knowledge , and enabling knowledge
      • in the pursuit of action .