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The Beverly-Kaminuriak Caribou Management Board: An Experience in Co-management

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Usher, Peter J.
Conference: Common Property Conference, the Second Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Conf. Date: September 26-30, 1991
Date: 1991
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/1109
Sector: Wildlife
Region: North America
Subject(s): wildlife
co-management
caribou
participatory management
IASC
Abstract: "The Beverly-Kaminuriak Caribou Management Board was established in 1982 by intergovernmental agreement, in response to a widely perceived crisis in the management of the Beverly and Kaminuriak barren-ground caribou herds, which range between the Northwest Territories, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The Board brings together four separate jurisdictions, as well as users and managers, for the purpose of coordinating the management of the two herds, and to promote conservation through education and communication. "Although the Caribou Management Board is simply an advisory body with no management powers, it is often cited as a positive and successful example of comanagement. Certainly it is one of the early examples in North America, and the first for major big game herds. "Has the Board really been such a success, and if so, what accounts for it? The short answer is yes, but within limits. This is partly a credit to the Board itself, and to its supporting agencies, and partly a matter of good fortune. This paper, based on a recent evaluation commissioned by the Board, outlines its strengths and weaknesses, and the prospects for the future."

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