The Advisory Committee for Cooperation on Wildlife Management (ACCWM) was created to share information and coordinate wildlife management between inter-jurisdictional wildlife management boards, with a particular focus on the management of trans-boundary caribou herds.
The Committee shall, as its members deem appropriate, exchange information, help develop cooperation and consensus and make recommendations regarding wildlife and wildlife habitat issues that cross land claim agreement and treaty boundaries. As per the MOU, the Committee’s mandate includes the following trans-boundary issues:
- The development of a management plan for the Cape Bathurst, Bluenose-West, and Bluenose east caribou herds;
- The development of sub-plans for different aggregations of caribou within these herds;
- The discussion of total allowable harvests;
- The discussion of non-quota limitations on harvesting;
The discussion of measures for the protection of calving and post-calving grounds.
A Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation on Wildlife Management (MoU) was signed in 2008 by the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board, the Tuktut Nogait National Park Management Board, the Wek’eezhii Renewable Resources Board, the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board, the Wildlife Management Advisory Council-NWT, the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board (KRWB), and the NWMB.
Organizational representation on the Committee is at the Chairperson level for most parties. However, unlike the other participating co-management boards, the NWMB is a decision making body and will likely be asked to approve plans or levels of harvest recommended by the Committee for Bluenose caribou within the Nunavut Settlement Area. To avoid conflict of interest issues, the Director of Wildlife Management represents the NWMB on the ACCWM.
In early 2009, the ACCWM formed a Working Group to prepare a draft Management Plan for the Cape-Bathurst, Bluenose-West and Bluenose-East caribou herds for submission to the ACCWM. The Working Group includes one representative from each of the organizations that are party to the MoU (with the exception of the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board who declined to participate), as well as representatives from the Government of Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of Nunavut Department of Environment. Parks Canada, Dehcho, and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) declined the invitation to participate in the Working Group.
On April 27th 2011, the ACCWM had a meeting to review the final draft of the plan; the meeting was attended by representatives from NTI, the KRWB and the Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization (HTO). During the development of the management plan there were two rounds of consultations in all jurisdictions, expect for Nunavut where only one consultation meeting took place. A second consultation with the Kugluktuk HTO is tentatively scheduled for late july 2011.
Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı (Sahtu Renewable Resources Board)