Peace-Athabasca Delta Ecological Monitoring Program (PADEMP)

A collaborative approach to long-term monitoring and reporting on the health of the Peace-Athabasca Delta, using both Western Science and Traditional Knowledge, in support of effective environmental stewardship.

Mandate

The Peace-Athabasca Delta Ecological Monitoring Program (PADEMP) will measure, evaluate and communicate the state of the Peace Athabasca Delta ecosystem, including any changes to this ecosystem that result from cumulative regional development and climate change.

History

The Peace-Athabasca Delta Ecological Monitoring Program (PADEMP) was established in 2008 in response to growing concerns about the cumulative impact of expanding regional development (flow regulation, pulp and paper mills, oil and gas exploration and extraction, forestry, and agriculture) and climate change.

PADEMP builds upon the work of previous cooperative programs such as the Northern River Basins Study, the Peace Athabasca Delta Technical Studies, and the Northern Rivers Ecosystem Initiative.  It  compliments  existing regional monitoring efforts, including Aboriginal community-based monitoring programs.