The State of Knowledge and Practice of Integrated Approaches to Natural Resource Management (INRM) in Canada

Summary

Canada is endowed with a diversity of resources. In some regions, energy, forestry, and mining activities, for example, may all occur simultaneously and in close proximity. While each of these activities may on its own have well-understood environmental, social, and economic impacts, when considered together, the impact can be complex and significant. Historically, resource management decisions were made on a project-by-project basis, but there is a growing interest in deploying more integrated approaches that consider the full set of activities occurring in an area to better support decision-making and the sustainable use of all resources.

In recent years, integrated natural resource management has been gaining momentum in Canada. However, progress and barriers are difficult to assess and evaluate. This new assessment by the CCA will bring together a disparate knowledge base to shed new light on how both science and traditional knowledge can be best applied to enhance the management of natural resources in Canada. It will focus on land-based resource management, including agricultural production. Freshwater systems (surface and groundwater) affected by land-based activities are also within the scope of the assessment.

The Sponsor: Natural Resources Canada

The Question: What is the state of knowledge and practice of integrated approaches to natural resource management in Canada?

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Progress Report

The Expert Panel signed off on the report in late December and it recently entered production. The report is scheduled for a spring release.