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Taking action

Success in the management and recovery of species at risk and their habitat depends on the cooperation and coordination of many different groups and cannot be achieved by any one government or organization.

In the Northwest Territories, wildlife boards and renewable resource councils, Indigenous governments and Indigenous organizations, territorial and federal governments, industry, stewardship organizations, and individuals all have a role to play to conserve, protect and recover species at risk.

From planning to action

After a management plan or recovery strategy is complete, Management Authorities identify the actions they intend to take to meet its objectives. Together, they develop an implementation agreement to guide and prioritize actions that are needed to meet the objectives in the management plan or recovery strategy.

Actions or approaches may include:

  • Collecting information (through monitoring or research)
  • Conserving important habitat
  • Managing human activities such as harvest and development
  • Increasing education and awareness
  • Actions to address species-specific threats, such as disease

Conservation measures

In addition to actions taken under a management plan or recovery strategy, regulations may also be put in place to protect the species or its habitat.

Under the Species at Risk (NWT) Act, these regulations are developed by the Conference of Management Authorities (CMA) on a species-by-species basis at any time after assessment, following the appropriate consultation. The NWT Minister of Environment and Climate Change (ECC) may also reach an agreement with land owners to conserve habitat.

  • For current regulations and agreements under the Species at Risk (NWT) Act, click here

Reporting on progress

Boreal caribou progress report

There is a lot of work already underway to protect and recover NWT species at risk.

The Conference of Management Authorities and the Species at Risk Committee report on their work every year in an annual report.

Progress is also reported every five years for listed species with a management plan or recovery strategy. Management Authorities report on all the actions they have taken to conserve the species in a progress report

  • For NWT progress reports completed to date, click here

Five-year Review

Threats to a species and its habitat can change over time. For the best chance of success at conservation and recovery, we need to be prepared to learn and adapt our actions as conditions change.

The Species at Risk (NWT) Act requires the Conference of Management Authorities to review a management plan or recovery strategy every five years. The review is an opportunity for management partners to reflect on the plan’s goal, objectives and approaches/actions to determine if they are still appropriate or if the plan needs to be updated.

The outcomes of the review are published in the progress report for the species.