Established in 2020, the Population Management Working Group (PMWG), part of the National Boreal Caribou Knowledge Consortium (NBCKC), is a forum to share and generate new knowledge regarding population-based management actions for boreal caribou across Canada. The PMWG aims to bring together the best available information and help inform actions by management practitioners across Canada to best support caribou conservation and recovery programs.
All aspects of caribou recovery can be controversial, including habitat protection that affects local resource-based economies, and population-based management actions that may be less acceptable to others. The focus of this group is to advance our understanding of management actions and their potential value to caribou conservation and recovery.
The goals of the PMWG are:
|What We Do
The PMWG advances our goals by meeting on a bi-monthly basis as a network of adaptive management practitioners. To date, the PMWG has completed Phase 1, which established a forum that brings members together to coordinate, share and generate new knowledge regarding population-based management actions for boreal caribou across Canada. The following tenets guide the work of the PMWG:
The PMWG is now moving into Phase 2, which is to inform the establishment of a network of adaptive management projects for boreal caribou across their range. This network will consist of pilot areas identified across a gradient of environmental variables. This work would include the long-term monitoring of these ranges through partnerships established by the network.
|PMWG Members: Our Unique Structure
The PMWG is organized into two groups: A core group and an extension group.
The core group membership consists of individuals directly engaged in management actions or evaluating the outcome of these actions, for caribou recovery.
The core group meets regularly to maintain a community of practice, with an emphasis on “real-time results and information exchange”.
The extension group has a broader membership than the core group; Membership here is open to individuals and representatives of organizations who are engaged in caribou conservation or hold knowledge regarding caribou, which may include representatives from Indigenous organizations, academia, industry, and non-governmental organizations.
Meetings between the core and extension groups improve transparency, understanding, and rationale for management practices and provide an opportunity for diverse perspectives to be conveyed.
The relationship between the core group and extension group of the PMWG, where green arrows represent a feedback loop of communication. As ideas arise in one group, they will be mulled over, considered, and possibly replied to by the other group.
Between the core and extension groups, The PMWG's membership includes ~40 members representing Federal, Territorial, and Provincial governments, Indigenous organizations and communities, industry, ENGOs and academia. The PMWG and the NBCKC are supported by a central secretariat within Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Membership on the PMWG core group is limited, however, if you would like to join the PMWG extension group, please contact Melanie Mullin at the NBCKC secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org .