Using local wisdom to collaboratively identify fish and wildlife management priorities in Yukon communities

Wednesday, February 17, 2016. 1:30-1:40 Poster Presentations

Collaboratively developing fish and wildlife management priorities in First Nation traditional territories across Yukon is key for the conservation of fish, wildlife, and habitats. Using collective decision making and consensus building to reflect regional needs and concerns is important for building local support and capacity for fish and wildlife management.Community-based fish and wildlife work plans are one way that Yukon government, Yukon First Nation governments, and renewable resources councils come together to identify and prioritise fish and wildlife management priorities in traditional territories. Guided by the spirit and intent of the First Nation Final Agreements, we have over 20 years’ experience developing these work plans across Yukon.We use a range of tools to understand needs and concerns among community members including written and online surveys, focus groups, community meetings, and open houses. Input is summarized and what we heard is reflected back to the community. Using consensus building workshops we collectively consider local input, traditional knowledge, and scientific data to develop a shared vision for fish and wildlife management in a First Nation’s traditional territory for the next five years. Through this presentation I will share lessons learned in community-based fish and wildlife planning, and explore where we hope these plans will take us in the future.