Working with people and communitiesWe don't know everything about this remote region, but we know enough to understand that the future of ice dependent life is likely to be found here.
Given the shocking rate of ice retreat, and the comparatively slow rate of conservation and management planning, we are working now with local people and governments to sketch out a viable future for the region.
- supporting the gathering of knowledge, both traditional and scientific, to help inform strategies for managing the region;
- mapping the persistence of polynyas (areas of year-round open water, surrounded by sea ice);
- supporting wildlife studies to establish how animals use the region;
- convening workshops to help guide the gathering of knowledge, sharing knowledge with communities, and consulting on how the knowledge might best be applied to management;
- helping to inform the Nunavut Land Use plan, and local and national conservation priorities, like the creation of the Lancaster Sound national Marine Conservation Area and the potential designation of a World Heritage Site;
- supporting the work of the Pikialasorsuaq Commission, an initiative led by the Inuit Circumpolar Council that is examining the future of a highly productive polynya shared by Canada and Greenland.