In 2009, Coastal First Nations developed a Regional Monitoring System (RMS) that ensures a standardized digital approach to data collection for Nations monitoring coastal regions.
The RMS encourages collaboration between Nations and provides data for decision-making, while increasing Coastal Guardian Watchmen capacity and encouraging further engagement with resource users through compliance monitoring, education and outreach.
WHAT WE ARE MONITORING
The issues currently being monitored reflect priority concerns identified by communities regarding damage to cultural sites, excessive hunting and over-fishing, declining populations of fish and wildlife, and the limited presence and response of other enforcement agencies.
The RMS consists of:
- Standard methodology and guidelines for collecting data;
- “CoastTracker” custom mobile application to collect data in the field;
- Centralized database to store Nations’ information on Canadian servers;
- Web-based Data Management System for data access and analysis, planning and decision making.