An independent report on barren-ground caribou studies in the Northwest Territories supports the scientific methodologies used by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).
The report, produced by the Alberta Research Council (ARC) and released today by Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Minister Michael Miltenberger, identifies that:
"This independent report verifies that our approach on collecting and interpreting data is sound," said Minister Miltenberger. "It also confirms what we heard at the NWT Caribou Summit and from traditional users - that most barren-ground caribou herds in the NWT are in decline."
ARC is an independent research agency that provides practical, science-based information and advice to national and international policy makers and resource users on all aspects of resource management and sustainable development. An ARC unit comprised of three research scientists carries out independent technical reviews at the request of other agencies or groups.
The ARC Report also contained the following nine recommendations to improve caribou research and management programs:
"The GNWT accepts, and will act upon, the findings and recommendations of this report. The results of this report move us beyond debating how we collect data and allow us to continue actions to sustain this resource," added Minister Miltenberger. "I have asked the Department to move quickly on the development of a management response plan to this important report."
Copies of the ARC Report are available on the ENR website at: www.enr.gov.nt.ca .