Wildlife Management and Monitoring Plans: What Do Developers Need to Know?

Presenter:

 

Andrea Patenaude – Andrea_Patenaude@gov.nt.ca

 

Authors:

 
A. Patenaude – Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, NT, Canada
J. Hodson – Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, NT, Canada
 

Summary:

A Wildlife Management and Monitoring Plan, or WMMP, is an important tool for the protection and conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat. It allows developers to demonstrate how they will mitigate the impacts of their project, remain in compliance with regulatory requirements and address public concern. Developing a WMMP is considered a best practice for all development projects in the Northwest Territories, and in some cases it is a legal requirement under the Wildlife Act. ENR has developed guidelines to help clarify when WMMPs will be required, the process for their review and approval as well as what needs to go in a WMMP. As a general rule, approval of WMMPs is intended to apply to larger developments, which are expected to have the most impact. Small projects or activities will generally not require an approved WMMP; however, resources are available to assist all types of projects in planning how to minimize their impacts to wildlife and wildlife habitat.

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