Research involves methodical investigation in order to generate new information and knowledge. Monitoring activity often leads naturally into important research questions. For instance, the need for research may emerge when there is an absence of information or understanding on an issue of concern (i.e. sudden changes in wildlife populations, changing migration patterns, new evidence of impacts). A formal research program can help gather new information and Indigenous and local knowledge. It can also help to better integrate this information into resource management and decision-making.
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