Thirty green projects receive funding from Northwest Territories
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Thirty green projects receive funding from Northwest Territories

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The Northwest Territories government said 30 environmental monitoring and research projects will receive a total of $2.24 million in funding.

On Wednesday, the territory announced in a news release the recipients of funding under the Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program for the 2024-2025 fiscal year.

The program, funded by the Department of Environment and Climate Change, aims to monitor and understand environmental impacts and how people and natural processes affect the caribou, water and fish in the Territory over time.

Of the 2024–2025 budget, $650,000 will come from Polar Knowledge Canada and will be allocated to monitoring and researching barren-land caribou.

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“By combining Indigenous, scientific and local knowledge, we make better decisions for the future of our environment. Our commitment to this research today means a healthier environment for tomorrow,” Environment Minister Jay Macdonald said in a statement.

The 30 projects that received funding focus on a range of environmental issues, including remediating a landscape contaminated by emissions from the Giant Mine, monitoring water quality in the Akaitcho Territory and assessing the impact of an aerator installed on Lake Frame.

Other projects include monitoring water on the Slave River, understanding the impacts of beaver activity on streams in the Beaufort Delta, and mapping and monitoring permafrost in Sahtu communities.

Of the beneficiaries, the territory reported that seven focused on traditional knowledge, 21 on Western science, and two combined both. Eight projects are new, 14 are mid-term, and eight are in their final year.