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NWT releases five-year water strategy action plan for water stewardship


November 11, 2021
By Government of Northwest Territories

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The release of the next water strategy action plan for the Northwest Territories has been announced with an aim to responsibly and collaboratively steward the territorial waters.

The NWT Water Stewardship Strategy Action Plan, 2021-2025 sets clear actions under four priority areas:

  • Working together: collaborating to share information and build strong partnerships.
  • Know and plan: learning more about the ever-changing realities of NWT’s waters – and using that information to inform our efforts.
  • Use responsibly: actions ensuring water managers have the information necessary to make well-reasoned decisions.
  • Check our progress: reporting regularly to make sure we are on the right track.

Each of the actions will help foster a future where waters are wisely stewarded to meet the territory’s environmental, social, and economic goals over the long term.

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The plan was developed with the input of dozens of water partners, all playing a role in water stewardship.

Water partners include:

  • Indigenous governments and organizations
  • Federal, territorial, and community governments
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Academics
  • Industry

The partners will gather virtually for the annual Water Strategy Implementation Workshop in mid-November to discuss the new action plan and how to continue to work collaboratively on implementation over the next five years.

“I’d like to recognize the contributions of our water partners across the Northwest Territories, with whom we share a vision to ensure NWT waters remain clean, abundant and productive for all time,” Shane Thompson, minister of the environment and natural resources, said.