One mechanism to help coordinate resource management in the NWT is the NWT Board Forum.
The purpose of the NWT Board Forum is to give organizations involved in land use planning, environmental assessment, land and water regulation and resource management an opportunity to learn from one another and to coordinate activities. The Forum is intended to improve and maintain effective lines of communication between its members, resolve common issues, and share expertise. It also provides industry, government and other organizations with a structured forum to engage and interact with the Northwest Territories’ co-management boards.
The NWT Board Forum began meeting in April 2004, and has addressed a number of recommendations made in the 2005 Auditor General’s Report to improve the northern regulatory system.
The NWT Board Forum comprises chairs and senior staff members of all NWT resource management co-management Boards, as well as senior officials from the National Energy Board (NEB), Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).
The NWT Board Forum meets twice a year to share information on various resource and environmental issues of common interest and to discuss new initiatives that boards and/or government are undertaking to support the regulatory system in the NWT.
The NWT Board Forum comprises the following members:
Recently, the Forum carried out strategic planning exercises, and came up with three goals:
Goal 1: A coordinated, sustainable, continually improving and publicly supported natural resource management system exists in the NWT.
Goal 2: Members of the Board Forum are knowledgeable and effective contributors to the resource management regime.
Goal 3: Communities, constituents and clients are informed and engaged in the pursuit of our goals.
Objectives of the forum include:
Examples of courses include:
Course curriculum is available here on the NWT Board Forum website.