Community-Based Monitoring for Meaningful Incorporation of Indigenous and Local Knowledge

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8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (MST)

Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) is a foundation for the co-evolution of sustainable approaches for planning and developing infrastructure across middle and northern Canada.

Community-Based Environmental Monitoring (CBEM), if done properly, can be more effective in incorporating ILK than environmental impact and monitoring based only on Western science. It is very useful to identify the environmental, health and social impacts of human activities in ecosystems, as well as to identify the potential cumulative effects of these activities.

Join Dr. Evgeniia (Jen) Sidorova, Canadian Northern Corridor Research Partner, and Dr.  Luis Virla, Research Fellow at TU Delft and the University of Calgary, and Co-Director of InnoLab Space, as they present their latest research and discuss how to design comprehensive CBEM policy for large-scale infrastructure projects such as the Canadian Northern Corridor (CNC) concept.

Their study examines the successful elements, benefits, challenges and limitations in the existing CBEM studies that incorporate ILK and asserts that meaningful incorporation of ILK in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts are key to accelerating effective action plans.

Links to the full study and the executive summary can be found below:

8:00 a.m. Registration, refreshments, & networking
8:30 – 9:15a.m. Paper presentation from Dr. J. Sidorova and Dr. L. Virla
9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Question and answer period
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Conclusion


University of Calgary, Downtown Campus, The School of Public Policy
CNOOC North America Technology & Conference Centre – Floor 5
906 8th Ave SW

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.

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