A critical review of the Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy Program.

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area, Sahtu Settlement Area, Dehcho Region, North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: program development, protected area

Principal Investigator: Holder, Joel M (1)
Licence Number: 15559
Organization: Royal Roads University
Licensed Year(s): 2015
Issued: Dec 05, 2014

Objective(s): To evaluate the Protected Areas Strategy program.

Project Description: The objectives of this research inquiry will be to examine what success the Protected Areas Strategy (PAS) program has had in achieving its two main goals, identify any problem areas in implementation and recommend program modifications to improve the effectiveness of establishing new protected areas. The hope is that this research provides important feedback to land use planners responsible for establishing protected areas and helps advance the development of a protected areas network that provides the foundation for a sustainable environment and serves the long-term interests of NWT residents and all Canadians.

Research will be conducted using the current PAS program as a case-study in comparison with other Canadian protected area programs. Data will be gathered by conducting interviews with key individuals who have had past involvement in the PAS program. Interviews will be 30-60 minute semi-structured oral interviews held in person or over the phone. All interviews will be recorded and transcribed. Letters will be sent to organizations listed as members of the PAS Advisory Committee asking them to identify a representative to speak for them.

Interviews will be held with individuals at the local level who have been directly involved with the NWT Protected Areas Strategy (PAS) program. Participants will get a chance to share their views and ideas. PAS members and processes will benefit by having a clearer understanding of what the people of the NWT want from a protected areas program. With a more effective program it should result in more culturally important areas being protected and therefore current and future generations will benefit. After 15 years of operating, the results of this research will offer the PAS Advisory Committee an up to date assessment of their program by which they can make alterations and improvements.

Results will be shared with the individuals who participate and the organization they represent.
Results will be shared with the PAS Advisory Committee, and each NWT region is represented on the committee.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from January 16, 2015 to February 20, 2015.